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. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.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. John 10:10-12
Jesus identifies Satan as the Thief, who comes to kill and destroy. While Jesus identifies himself as The Good Shepherd. Its important to understand you are in a war for your soul. Satan wants to destroy you, while Jesus wants to bring you salvation
Notice Jesus is revealing one of his I AM statements here “I AM The Good Shepherd” as we know God identified himself to Moses as The Great I AM. Jesus is revealing his deity with his 7 I AM statements in the gospel of John.
There are many wolves working for Satan, they bring false doctrine and false religion. There goal is to “scatter the Sheep” to bring confusion to the Church. I think we live in an age where there is more confusion that ever in Christianity. Beware of the wolves dressed in sheeps clothing
The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. John 10:13-15
Jesus is prophesying about his own death, he says “I lay down my life for the sheep” Jesus willingly laid down his life for you, to give you eternal salvation. Jesus loves you that much, he knows your name, and was willing to die for you!
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. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.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. John 10:16-18
Often we hear people say “The Jews killed Jesus” or “The Romans killed Jesus” but actually neither is correct, Jesus reveals He layed down his life for us. Nobody has the authority to kill Christ, He allowed it to happen to be the Lamb of God for the atonement of our sins
There is One Shepherd, Jesus Christ, into One Fold (The Church). There isnt multiple paths to God, its One Way through Christ , our Good Shepherd Amen!