In this chapter, John beautifully writes how the Servant of God loves the sheep and the true sheep know His voice. They will recognize Him and His message when He stands up. If you’ve been reading the posts in order, then by now, you understand the Great and Marvelous Work well enough that you can read these things in types and shadows as John intended them to be read. We will look at the first nineteen verses of this chapter.
1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. (From the outset of this chapter, Jesus is establishing some important precedents; there is ONE door through which the sheep enter the sheepfold, and the sheepfold is the place where the sheep are safe.)
2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. (The porter is of course the Father. It’s so precious how the sheep know his voice and he calls his sheep by name.)
4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. (The sheep will recognize the Servant’s voice when He stands up to contend against the evils of His day just as Jesus did in His time. What has been shall be.)
5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. (The stranger is like the thief and robber in verse 1. The strangers are the leaders of the church who claim to be their shepherd.)
6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. (The Servant is telling the “O Jerusalem” people that their leaders are thieves and robbers. That’s in clear reference to the tithing system which steals from the sheep!!!!!!!!!!)
9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. (This is one of the great Eternal Lives verses in all of scripture.)
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. (The Servant’s death.)
12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. (The Servant will be killed just as Jesus was killed as a sacrifice for the sheep. The same people who killed Jesus will also kill the Servant as the prophet Jacob taught in 2Nep 6:8-9 and 2Nep 10:2-5.)
16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. (This will be explained when we write the posts about the Isaiah Story.)
17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. (The Servant will take His life up AGAIN after He is killed and will continue his work for the remaining 3-years of the Isaiah Story. The whole world will know of this event as it ushers in the greatest events of the Great and Marvelous Work.)
18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings. (See 2Nep 30:10 the great division is happening.)