John 10:16–21 (ESV)
I Am the Good Shepherd
And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one
takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
19 There was again a division
among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
What does Jesus mean in verse 16 when he says “I have other sheep?” As a Lutheran, we must ask “What does this mean?” The “other sheep” are the Gentiles. I am one
of the “other sheep” because I’m not Jewish. This verse means a lot to me because he is including me! Jesus went to the cross, not just for the Jews, but also for the Gentiles. He did it voluntarily. No one forced
him. (This is all Good Friday - Easter stuff!) Jesus says: 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it
down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” Sheep who ignore the Good Shepherd’s voice (His Word) have only themselves to blame and will fall prey to Satan. Unlike human love motivated by self-interest,
Christ’s love for His own moved Him to voluntarily endure even death on a cross for our sake (Php 2:8).
I pray: O Lord, on this week of Easter, you simply amaze me with your unselfish love for me and all
mankind. It hurts that many reject you and walk away. Help me to spread the Word about what you have done. You died to take away the sins of the world. I repent of my sins and give thanks for your life’s work. Amen.