Jesus repeats himself in John 10:7-16 (NKJV) to the Pharisees saying to them, “I am the door of the sheep. All whoever came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and would go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come, except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly (salvation, healing, nourishment, and plenty more). Jesus goes on to say, I am the Good Shepherd the good Shepherd gives his life for the sheep. But a hireling he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. However, Jesus says, “I am the Good Shepherd and I know my sheep and am known by my own. As the Father knows me even so, I know the Father and I lay down my life for the sheep. Jesus further explain that not just the sheep He has, but other sheep, He has which are not of this fold, them also, He says that He must bring, and they will hear His voice and there will be one flock and one shepherd.
Jesus goes on to say, “My Father loves me because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one 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 command, I have received from my Father.” Beloveds, Jesus is deeply passionate, sincere, and straight forward of who He is as the Great Shepherd. The Shepherd and Doorkeeper who is fully devoted to those under His care. There is no greater love.