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"The hired hand runs away."
(John 10:13)

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Jesus the Good Shepherd

John 10:11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
John 10:12 The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away--and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
John 10:13 The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep.
John 10:14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,
John 10:15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep.
John 10:16 I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.
John 10:17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.
John 10:18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father."

[John 10:16] (vv. 16-18) Jesus' death is an act of free volition: "I lay it down of Myself [of my own accord] ... and I have power to take it again." Because Jesus is God, His life could not be taken by any human force or power. Out of love for His Father and a willingness to be obedient, Jesus lays down His life freely. The death of this Good Shepherd: (1) extends the fold (v. 16 refers to Gentiles), and (2) unites it (the church) under one Shepherd or Head, that One being the Lord Jesus.

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