The Gospel of John 10:14-21 (Jesus upsets his listeners with his message about being our Shepherd) – Angelic Wars

The Gospel of John 10:14-21 (Jesus upsets his listeners with his message about being our Shepherd)


 

We now finish this “Good Shepherd” scene with John 10:14-21.

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

19 The Jews who heard these words were again divided. 20 Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?”

21 But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

Questions for discussion:

  1. What verses (here and before) foreshadows Jesus’s crucifixion?
  2. Can you think of a verse where God knows us intimately?
  3. What does verse 16 mean about “other sheep?”
  4. What does verse 18 mean about taking up his life again?
  5. Have you experienced a miracle in your life?



Leave a Comment:

5 comments
van says February 23, 2024

1. Isaiah 42:6
3. gentiles
4. raised from the dead
5. many

Reply
    Rick says February 24, 2024

    Hey Van,

    1. Thanks for answering. I wasn’t clear, I was looking for comment upon this part of John 10. However, since you brought up Isaiah 42:6, I found it interesting. I didn’t remember “light to the Gentiles” before. I had only remembered the Messianic prophesies to the Jews. It just goes to show you how we learn things every time we pick up the Bible. Thanks!
    I agree with your other responses and am happy that you have been able to recognize miracles in your life.

    Thanks for your comments. They are greatly appreciated.

    Reply
Anna says February 29, 2024

1. What verses (here and before) foreshadows Jesus’s crucifixion?

John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
“Lifted up” was a polite way of referring to crucifixion. In that culture, this method of execution was so vile that it was often mentioned using substitute phrases.

John 10:15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.

2. Can you think of a verse where God knows us intimately?

Ephesians 3:17-19: I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God

3. What does verse 16 mean about “other sheep?”

Maybe, those people that do not know or heard of God yet or maybe sinners.

4. What does verse 18 mean about taking up his life again?

Resurrection

5. Have you experienced a miracle in your life?

I felt like I was the “other sheep”, I wasn’t part of his flock. But through a miracle, Jesus led me and became my shepherd. I knew about him for a long time from my mom and family but I refused to acknowledge him because my heart was closed. I never felt that love that they talk about, always scoffed about it. I thought for the longest time that it was something that people made up.
But through my sister who has a gift to hear the words of God, I witnessed a miracle. In the lowest point of my life, when I was desperate to breath, when my burden was too heavy to carry… my sister whispered these words to me that the Lord wants me to know ”
“Forgive. No matter what path you chose I am here, leave your worries behind.”
With those words my healing began, my heart opened up to his love and I feel this presence guiding me, always. I couldn’t believe that this God came to me and offered his helping hand and offered me solace in my darkest time. I am filled with gratitude for his mercy and love.

Reply
    Rick says March 2, 2024

    Wow Anna,

    Nice answers. I didn’t think of Moses’ serpent in this context. The Ephesians quote is stellar. I would disagree with the other Sheep reference. That would be saved people, but not Jewish. In another parable, he refers to unsaved people as goats. But that doesn’t take away from your comment about a miracle in your life. You are the other sheep because you are a Gentile who is saved. What your sister whispered reminded me of Isaiah 43:18 “Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past.” Thanks for commenting!

    Reply
Rick says March 1, 2024

Rick’s thoughts:

1. What verses (here and before) foreshadows Jesus’s crucifixion?
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” And, “ — 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.” 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” (John 10:11, 15, 18)

2. Can you think of a verse where God knows us intimately?
““I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—” (John 10:14) “But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:1-28). Even all the hairs of your head are counted. 31So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:30-31)

3. What does verse 16 mean about “other sheep?”
“Other sheep” means Gentiles will join the Jews. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” (Romans 1:16), other sections (Romans 2:10 and Acts 13:46)

4. What does verse 18 mean about taking up his life again?
Resurrection.

5. Have you experienced a miracle in your life?
I have experience many miracles in my life, some that were unexplainable by doctors, others defying very high odds.

Reply
Add Your Reply