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10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
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Summary: What is the "good life"? How would you define it? Most generally consider a life well lived to be long, prosperous, loving family and in good health. Jesus actually addresses this issue as he explains why he came in the flesh to dwell among us. Jesus says without great explanation, 'I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly." Do we not all yearn for this? What is life to the full? How does he bring such a life? How do we walk in it?
Review and Apply
Read Ezekiel 34. What are the common themes between this OT prophet and Jesus in John 10?
What are some differences between the hired hand and the Good Shepherd?
In what ways is the Good Shepherd good?
How has Jesus cared for you? Consider his care even in times of trial.
In what ways does Jesus know you, and how does this encourage/challenge you?
Why does Jesus appoint human shepherds for his people? What is their/your role?
How can you grow in knowing him more intimately?