Jesus spoke a parable.
Jesus: Truly, he that does not enter into the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that enters in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter opens; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And they will not follow a stranger, but will flee from him: for they do not know the voice of strangers.
But the people did not understand the things he spoke to them.
Jesus: Truly, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief comes only 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 gives his life for the sheep. But he that is a hired hand, and not the shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees: and the wolf catches them, and scatters the sheep. The hired hand flees, because he is an hired hand, and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knows me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring into this fold, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore my Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man takes 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.
There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.
Many of the Jews: He has a devil, and is mad; why do you listen to him?
Other Jews: These are not the words of him that has a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?
It was at Jerusalem during the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. Then the Jews came round about him.
Jews: How long do you make us to doubt? If you be the Christ, tell us plainly.
Jesus: I told you, and you did not believe: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. But you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.
Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
Jesus: I have shown you many good works from my Father; for which of those works do you stone me?
Jews: We do not stone you for a good work; but for blasphemy; and because you, being a man, make yourself God.
Jesus: Isn’t it written in your law, “I said, You are gods”? (Psalm 82:6). If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Do you say of him, whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world, “You blaspheme;” because I said, “I am the Son of God”? If I don’t do the works of my Father, don’t believe me. But if I do, although you don’t believe me, believe the works: that you may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand.
Jesus went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode. And many came to him.
The people: John did no miracle; but all of the things that John spoke of this man were true.
And many believed on Jesus there.