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John33 – “Good” Friday explained

“Amen, amen I state to you, the one who does not come in through the door into the fold of the sheep, but ascends from another place—that one is a thief and a robber.” (John 10: 1)
In John32, the previous extract in this series from John’s first century eye-witness biography of Jesus, we left a born-blind man – seeing – in Jerusalem. His sight had been given to him (not restored) by Jesus on a Sabbath day, 

The Pharisees could not conceive that this was an indication that Jesus might be the LORD God made man. Also, they were envious. “They threw him out, outside” of the Jerusalem Temple. Above, Jesus now speaks to them directly, but through a parallel. They are in the sheep fold but how have they got in?

“In fact, the one coming in through the door is shepherd of the sheep. To this one the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and his own sheep he voice-calls by name and he brings them out. When he may out-place all his own, he travels on in front of them, and the sheep follow him in that they discern his voice.” 

It is only  a“shepherd”, one who really cares about the sheep, who comes in via “the door”. They had “thrown out” the born-blind; “A shepherd” would go out “in front of” the sheep, “lead them” and “call them by name”.

“In fact they will never follow another, but they will run away from him, in that they do not discern the voice of these others.” Jesus said to them this parallel, in fact those did not know what it was that he was speaking to them. 

Jesus’ voice should be discerned by them. But it isn’t. 

So Jesus said to them again, “Amen, amen I state to you, I myself am the door of the sheep. All whosoever came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I myself am the door. If someone comes in through me, he will be saved, and will come in and will come out and will find pasture. The thief does not come except in order that he may steal and he may kill and he may destroy. I myself have come in order that they may have life, and may have beyond that.” 

They need to understand that the “door” of the “fold” is, in fact, Jesus himself. There is no other way in. One in the fold is truly free and fed. “Thieves” (like them) “steal”, “eat” and “cause to perish” the flock. Jesus does the opposite.

“I myself am the good, the shepherd. The good, the shepherd sets down his human-life on behalf of the sheep. The wage-earner is not the shepherd, and the sheep are not his own. He observes the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf seizes them and scatters—in that he is a wage-earner and it is no anxiety in him concerning the sheep.” 

Jesus tells them why “Good” Friday would come into being - for “the sheep”

“I myself am the good the shepherd - and I know mine - and mine know me - just as the Father knows me - I also know the Father - and I set down my human-life on behalf of the sheep. And I have other sheep which are not out of this fold. And these it is imperative for me to bring, and they will hear my voice, and they will come to be one flock—one shepherd.” 

“This fold” is the fold for the ancient people of God, the Jews, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jesus, “the good shepherd”, will bring “other sheep”, of Gentile birth, into the “one flock” – into the “one shepherd”.

“Through this the Father loves-in-action me, in that I myself set down my human-life in order that I may receive it again. No one takes it from me, but I myself set it down from myself. I have authority to set it down, and I have authority to receive it again. This commandment I received from my Father.” 

Do you ever wish that the LORD God would “love-in-action” you? What pleased him about Jesus, his son, is what he did for others on that first “Good” Friday. Richard Syvret could never have done that. The “good shepherd” did what he did that day – and became the “door” by which Richard entered “the flock” and believed into “the shepherd”.

Again, there came to be division in the Jews through these words. In fact many of them were stating, “He has a demon and is mad. Why are you hearing him?” Others were stating, “These messages are not demon-produced. A demon is not able to open the eyes of the blind?”

Are you undecided?

Sinner Syvret

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