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Think about it: A typical shepherd would not actually die for his sheep. Jesus is not your typical Shepherd, is He?

BibleGateway: John 10:11-18

ESV Text: John 10:11-18

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:12 and ends at about 2:20

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11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 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. 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. 17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. 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.(KJV)

Hymn: WS 783:
Jesus, Shepherd of the Sheep

1. Jesus, shepherd of the sheep,  
Who Your Father’s flock does keep, 
Safe we Wake and safe We sleep,  
Guarded still by You. 

2. In Your promise firm We stand;  
None can take us from Your hand. 
Speak! We hear! At Your command,  
We will follow You. 

3. By Your blood our souls were bought;  
By Your life salvation wrought; 
By Your light our feet are taught,  
Lord, to follow You. 

4. Father, draw us to Your Son;  
We with joy will follow on 
Till the work of grace is done,  
There to live with You. 

5. We, in robes of glory dressed,  
Join th’ assembly of the blest, 
Gathered to eternal rest  
In the fold with You.