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22.050| I Have Other Sheep | John 10:16-21 | God's Word for Today with Pastor Nazario Sinon

God’s Word For Today

Feb 27 2022 • 11 mins


John 10:16-21 ESV

16 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?”

16 Mayroon akong ibang mga tupa na wala sa kulungang ito. Kailangan ko rin silang dalhin dito at kanilang papakinggan ang aking tinig. Kaya't magkakaroon ng isang kawan na may isang pastol. 17 Dahil dito'y minamahal ako ng Ama, sapagkat ibinibigay ko ang aking buhay, upang ito'y kunin kong muli. 18 Walang nag-aalis nito sa akin, kundi kusa kong ibinibigay. May kapangyarihan akong ibigay ito, at may kapangyarihan akong kunin itong muli. Tinanggap ko ang utos na ito mula sa aking Ama.” 19 At muling nagkaroon ng pagkakabaha-bahagi sa mga Judio dahil sa mga salitang ito. 20 At marami sa kanila ang nagsasabi, “Mayroon siyang demonyo, at siya'y nauulol, bakit ninyo siya pinapakinggan?” 21 Sinasabi naman ng iba, “Hindi ito ang mga salita ng isang may demonyo. Kaya ba ng demonyo na magbukas ng mga mata ng bulag?”

I HAVE OTHER SHEEP

The present “fold," as Jesus means it here, is the nation of Israel. There are sheep, however, that belongs to Christ and yet are not of that group. Jesus made a reference to the Gentiles—the non-Jewish nations—having been made part of the flock of God. Later, Paul wrote, “This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”[Eph 3:6] This body is the church.

For many Jews, this claim of Jesus was a major stumbling block to belief, even within the Jewish Christian community after Jesus rose from the dead. (see Acts 11:1–18) These particular group of Gentiles will come to faith in Jesus.(Gal 3:27–28) For Jesus is claiming to be the sole legitimate means of salvation for mankind was not acceptable to them(John 10:1–13), specially the indication that He will bring "other sheep," meaning Gentiles, into this intimate relationship with God (John 10:14–16). These had been tough for His critics to digest.

Jesus continues to explain His role as "the Good Shepherd," which includes His determination to die for the sake of His sheep. This sacrificial love is a reason why He has special favor with God the Father (see John 10:17; Phil 2:9). In some sense, those who heard Him might have thought that His statement was just an assumption. That is Jesus was "willing" to die, not that He "would die" actually. The subject of Christ's death was something Jesus' closest followers often struggled to accept (see Mark 8:31–33).

What Jesus said was so outlandish that it implied two other possibilities. That is, the audience seemed torn between two opinions. Either Jesus was being demon possessed, a reference to insanity or being legitimately verified as God’s Messiah. (John 10:19–21).

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