The Good Shepherd and His Sheep
1“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
7Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.10:9 Or kept safe They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
11“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
19The Jews who heard these words were again divided. 20Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?”
21But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
Further Conflict Over Jesus’ Claims
22Then came the Festival of Dedication10:22 That is, Hanukkah at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
25Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all10:29 Many early manuscripts What my Father has given me is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30I and the Father are one.”
31Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 32but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”
33“We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
34Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods” ’10:34 Psalm 82:6? 35If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— 36what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? 37Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. 38But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” 39Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.
40Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. There he stayed, 41and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true.” 42And in that place many believed in Jesus.
Mʼbusa Wabwino ndi Nkhosa Zake
1“Zoonadi, Ine ndikukuwuzani inu Afarisi, kuti munthu amene salowera pa khomo mʼkhola la nkhosa, koma amalowera pena pake ndi wakuba ndi wachifwamba. 2Munthu amene amalowera pa khomo ndi mʼbusa wankhosazo. 3Mlonda amamutsekulira khomo, ndipo nkhosa zimamvera mawu ake. Iye amaziyitana mayina nkhosa zakezo, nazitulutsa. 4Akazitulutsa nkhosa zake zonse, iye amazitsogolera, ndipo nkhosa zakezo zimamutsata chifukwa zimadziwa mawu ake. 5Koma nkhosazo sizidzatsatira mlendo. Izo zidzamuthawa chifukwa sizizindikira mawu a mlendo.” 6Yesu ananena mawu ophiphiritsawa, koma Afarisi sanazindikire zimene ankawawuza.
7Choncho Yesu anatinso, “Zoonadi, Ine ndikukuwuzani kuti Ine ndine khomo la nkhosa. 8Onse amene anadza ndisanabwere Ine ndi akuba ndi achifwamba, ndipo nkhosa sizinawamvere. 9Ine ndine khomo, aliyense amene alowa kudzera mwa Ine adzapulumuka. Iye adzalowa ndi kutuluka ndi kupeza msipu. 10Mbala sibwera chabe koma kuti idzabe, kupha ndi kuwononga. Ine ndabwera kuti iwo akhale ndi moyo, ndi kukhala nawo wochuluka.
11“Ine ndine Mʼbusa wabwino. Mʼbusa wabwino amataya moyo wake chifukwa cha nkhosa zake. 12Wantchito ndi mʼbusa amene nkhosazo si zake. Choncho, pamene aona mmbulu ukubwera, iye amazisiya nkhosazo ndi kuthawa. Ndipo mmbulu umagwira nkhosazo ndikuzibalalitsa. 13Munthuyo amathawa chifukwa ndi wantchito ndipo sasamalira chilichonse cha nkhosazo.
14“Ine ndine mʼbusa wabwino. Ine ndimazidziwa nkhosa zanga ndipo nkhosa zangazo zimandidziwa, 15monga momwe Atate amandidziwa Ine, ndiponso Ine kudziwira Atatewo. Ndimapereka moyo wanga chifukwa cha nkhosa. 16Ine ndili ndi nkhosa zina zimene sizili za gulu ili. Ine ndiyenera kuzibweretsanso. Izonso zidzamvera mawu anga, ndipo zidzakhala gulu limodzi ndi mʼbusa mmodzi. 17Nʼchifukwa chake Atate anga amandikonda, popeza Ine ndikupereka moyo wanga kuti ndiwutengenso. 18Palibe amene angawuchotse mwa Ine, koma ndikuwupereka mwakufuna kwanga. Ine ndili ndi ulamuliro wa kuwupereka ndi ulamuliro wakuwutenganso. Lamulo ili ndinalandira kwa Atate anga.”
19Pa mawu awa Ayuda anagawikananso. 20Ambiri a iwo anati, “Iye ndi wogwidwa ndi ziwanda ndi wamisala. Chifukwa chiyani mukumvera Iye?”
21Koma ena anati, “Awa si mawu a munthu wogwidwa ndi ziwanda. Kodi ziwanda zingathe bwanji kutsekula maso a wosaona?”
Kusakhulupirira kwa Ayuda
22Ku Yerusalemu kunali chikondwerero chokumbukira kupatulidwa kwa Nyumba ya Mulungu. Inali nthawi yozizira, 23ndipo Yesu ankayenda mʼbwalo la Nyumbayo ku malo a Solomoni. 24Ayuda anamuzungulira Iye akunena kuti, “Kodi iwe udzazunguza malingaliro athu mpaka liti? Ngati iwe ndi Khristu, tiwuze momveka.”
25Yesu anayankha kuti, “Ine ndimakuwuzani, koma inu simukhulupirira. Ntchito zimene ndikuchita mʼdzina la Atate anga zikundichitira umboni, 26koma inu simukhulupirira chifukwa simuli a gulu lankhosa zanga. 27Nkhosa zanga zimamva mawu anga, Ine ndimazidziwa, ndipo zimanditsata Ine. 28Ine ndimazipatsa moyo wosatha ndipo sizidzawonongeka. Palibe amene adzazikwatula mʼdzanja langa. 29Atate anga, amene anandipatsa Ine, ndi akulu kuposa onse. Palibe amene angazikwatule mʼdzanja la Atate anga. 30Ine ndi Atate ndife amodzi.”
31Ayuda anatolanso miyala kuti amugende Iye, 32koma Yesu anawawuza kuti, “Ine ndakuonetsani zinthu zambiri zabwino zodabwitsa kuchokera kwa Atate. Nʼchifukwa chiti mwa izi chimene mukundigendera?”
33Ayuda anayankha kuti, “Ife sitikukugenda chifukwa cha izi, koma popeza ukunyoza Mulungu, chifukwa iwe, munthu wamba, ukuti ndiwe Mulungu.”
34Yesu anawayankha kuti, “Kodi sizinalembedwa mʼmalamulo anu kuti, ‘Ine ndanena kuti ndinu milungu?’ 35Ngati anawatcha milungu anthu amene analandira mawu a Mulungu, pajatu Malemba sangasweke, 36nanga bwanji uyu amene Atate anamuyika padera monga wake weniweni ndi kumutuma ku dziko lapansi? Nanga ndi chifukwa chiyani mukundinena Ine kuti ndikuchita chipongwe? Kodi nʼchifukwa choti ndanena kuti, ‘Ine ndine Mwana wa Mulungu?’ 37Musandikhulupirire Ine ngati sindichita ntchito za Atate anga. 38Koma ngati Ine ndikuchita zimenezi, ngakhale kuti simundikhulupirira, khulupirirani ntchito zodabwitsazo, ndipo mudziwe ndi kuzindikira kuti Atate ali mwa Ine, ndiponso Ine ndili mwa Atate.” 39Iwo anafuna kumugwiranso koma anawapulumuka mʼmanja mwawo.
40Kenaka Yesu anabwereranso kutsidya la mtsinje wa Yorodani kumalo kumene Yohane ankabatiza mʼmasiku akale. Iye anakhala kumeneko 41ndipo anthu ambiri anabwera kwa Iye. Iwo anati, “Ngakhale kuti Yohane sanachite chizindikiro chodabwitsa, zonse zimene Yohane ananena za munthu uyu zinali zoona.” 42Ndipo pamalo amenewo ambiri anakhulupirira Yesu.