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Jul 18, 2021

Scripture Reading: John 10:1-18

John emphasizes the identity of Jesus in his gospel, highlighting the deity of Jesus.  John records 'signs' that Jesus did which point to His divinity as well as 'I am' statements Jesus made.  In John 10, Jesus declares "I am the door" of the sheep (Jn 10:7,9) and "I am the good shepherd" (Jn 10:11,14).

In the context of these statements, this designation stands in stark contrast of the Pharisees.  Jesus certainly has the Jewish leaders in mind when He refers to "thieves and robbers" (Jn 10:1,8) who do not truly care for the sheep.

As 'the door' Jesus, again, teaches that He is the way … the only way … to eternal life.  "If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture" (Jn 10:9).

As 'the good shepherd' Jesus lays down His life for His sheep (Jn 10:11,15,17,18) and calls them to Himself (Jn 10:3,4,16).  He feeds His sheep (Jn 10:9) and guards them (Jn 10:11-13). 

The flock of the good shepherd is universal in scope.  When Jesus says, "I have other sheep that are not of this fold" He is referring to Gentiles (Jn 10:16).  These sheep are His already ("I have other sheep"), but He has not yet brought them. They have not yet heard His call, but when they do "they will listen to my voice."  The worldwide gathering of a people for God's glory is in view here.