I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
Cross ReferencesPsalm 23:1
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He tends His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart. He gently leads the nursing ewes.
"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and tell them that this is what the Lord GOD says: 'Woe to the shepherds of Israel, who only feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed their flock?
For this is what the Lord GOD says: 'Behold, I Myself will search for My flock and seek them out.
I will appoint over them one shepherd, My servant David, and he will feed them. He will feed them and be their shepherd.
But the one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.
I am the good shepherd. I know My sheep and My sheep know Me,
just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father. And I lay down My life for the sheep.
The reason the Father loves Me is that I lay down My life in order to take it up again.
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 charge I have received from My Father."
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep,
1 Peter 2:25
For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
1 Peter 5:4
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
1 John 3:16
By this we know what love is: Jesus laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
For the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd. He will lead them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'"
Chapter Outline1. Jesus is the door, and the good shepherd.
19. Diverse opinions of him.
23. He proves by his works that he is Jesus the Son of God;
31. escapes the Jews;
39. and goes again beyond Jordan, where many believe on him.
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Ezekiel 34:12, 23
1 Peter 2:25
1 Peter 5:4
Genesis 31:39, 40
1 Samuel 17:34, 35
2 Samuel 24:17
1 Peter 2:24
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