After confronting the Pharisees regarding their blindness, Jesus unveils a wonderful truth about Himself; “I AM the door of the sheep…I AM the good shepherd” (John 10:7, 11). As the Shepherd, He knew there were some sheep who would follow Him, even from among the Jews. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” (10:27–28). That is absolute security!
Jesus makes another astonishing statement in this section; “And I have other sheep (the Gentiles) that are not of this fold (the Jews). I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. So, there will be one flock, one shepherd” (10:16). How would this take place since we do not see a major movement in Jesus’ ministry toward the Gentile, though a few came to Him? Hear the Savior’s heart as He prays to the Father:
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one, just as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me” (17:20–21).
This profound truth could not be understood by the Jew in Jesus’ day. It required the coming of the Holy Spirit to enlighten the heart. The “other sheep”, the Gentiles, have heard because the apostles received the Holy Spirit and were directed by Him to the ends of the earth so that all would hear. You and I are in that line of messengers who proclaim the Good News of the gospel. Let us not minimize our responsibility to proclaim the message Jesus started. He has “other sheep” and He “must bring them also… So, there will be one flock, one shepherd”!
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