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1. A personal prestigious invitation,

John 10:1–3 ESV
1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

2. The best personal guide,

John 10:4–6 ESV
4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

3. Entry into unfathomable blessings,

John 10:7–16 ESV
7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 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.
Faithlife Study Bible Jesus’ ‘I Am’ Statements

Jesus’ ‘I Am’ Statements



“Have courage, I am he! Do not be afraid!”

Matt 14:27; parallel in Mark 6:50; John 6:20

“I am, and you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of heaven.”

Mark 14:62

“I, the one speaking to you, am he.”

John 4:26

“I am the bread of life. The one who comes to me will never be hungry, and the one who believes in me will never be thirsty again.”

John 6:35; repeated in John 6:48, 51

“I am the light of the world! The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12

“I am the one who testifies concerning myself, and the Father who sent me testifies concerning me.”

John 8:18

“Truly, truly I say to you, before Abraham was, I am!”

John 8:58

“Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.”

John 10:7; also in John 10:9

“I am the good shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

John 10:11; also in John 10:14

“I am the resurrection and the life.”

John 11:25

“From now on I am telling you before it happens, in order that when it happens you may believe that I am he.”

John 13:19

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”

John 14:6

“I am the true vine.”

John 15:1; “I am the vine” in John 15:5

“ ‘Who are you looking for?’ They replied to him, ‘Jesus the Nazarene.’ He said to them, ‘I am he.’”

John 18:4–5; also in John 18:6, 8

*Passages taken from the Lexham English Bible.

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