The Good Shepherd, the sheep, and the thief (Growing Deeper with John 10:1-21)

For the first few centuries of Christianity, the dominant symbol wasn’t a cross. It was a shepherd. Jesus was (and is) the Good Shepherd who takes care of his sheep (his people) against the threat of the thief (false teachers, and even the Devil).

As Jesus spells out the meaning of his metaphors, we discover that there is more than meets the eye. He teaches us about his divinity, about our vulnerability, and what it means to have “abundant life.”

The Pulse Podcast is about living abundantly wholeheartedly. It includes different kinds of content: Interviews, featured topics, or biblical studies. This episode is the later—and in-depth look at John 10:1-21.

when I say in-depth, I mean in-depth, especially in this episode. After taking us through the text and exploring the meaning of Jesus’ metaphor, I list all 36 occurrences of the word “life” in John’s Gospel to distill and unpack what Jesus may have meant by having “abundant life.”


The sermon connected to this same section of text is called “Living an abundant life” and can be accessed here.

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