7 So Jesus said again, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, I am [a]the Door for the sheep [leading to life]. 8 All who came before Me [as false messiahs and self-appointed leaders] are thieves and robbers, but the [true] sheep did not hear them.9 I am the Door; anyone who enters through Me will be saved [and will live forever], and will go in and out [freely], and find pasture (spiritual security).10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].
11 [b]I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd [c]lays down His [own] life for the sheep.12 But the hired man [who merely serves for wages], who is neither the shepherd nor the owner of the sheep, when he sees the wolf coming, deserts the flock and runs away; and the wolf snatches the sheep and scatters them.13 The man runs because he is a hired hand [who serves only for wages] and is not concerned about the [safety of the] sheep.14 I am the Good Shepherd, and I know [without any doubt those who are] My own and My own know Me [and have a deep, personal relationship with Me]— 15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father—and I lay down My [very own] life [sacrificing it] for the benefit of the sheep.
John 10:7The third of the memorable “I am” statements. See note 6:35.
John 10:11The fourth of the memorable “I am” statements. See note 6:35.
John 10:11A reference to the atoning sacrifice Jesus was going to make to provide the way for sinners to be saved and reconciled with God.
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