Jesus the Good Shepherd in John 10 video

The lectionary gospel readers for the Fourth Sunday of Easter take the three parts of John 10 in turn; being in Year A, we are reading the first ten verses. But this is a good example of where our modern chapter divisions (first created by Stephen Langton, the 13th-century Archbishop of Canterbury who helped to write the Magna Carta) hinder rather than help our reading, for two reasons.

Jesus’ teaching about being the good shepherd is often read as being directed to his disciples, and a cosy and encouraging image. Alternatively, the idea of ‘life in all its fulness’ has been used as a metaphor for universal human flourishing. But the text says something different—when we read it in its first-century context, and within its place in the narrative of the Fourth Gospel.

I previously wrote a more detailed article on the passage Jesus the Shepherd gives life in abundance (John 10). This is my video study of the same passage; I hope you enjoy it!

If you enjoyed this, do share it on social media, possibly using the buttons on the left. Follow me on Twitter @psephizoLike my page on Facebook.

Much of my work is done on a freelance basis. If you have valued this post, would you consider donating £1.20 a month to support the production of this blog?

Signup to get email updates of new posts
We promise not to spam you. Unsubscribe at any time.
Invalid email address

If you enjoyed this, do share it on social media (Facebook or Twitter) using the buttons on the left. Follow me on Twitter @psephizo. Like my page on Facebook.

Much of my work is done on a freelance basis. If you have valued this post, you can make a single or repeat donation through PayPal:

For other ways to support this ministry, visit my Support page.

Comments policy: Do engage with the subject. Please don't turn this into a private discussion board. Do challenge others in the debate; please don't attack them personally. I no longer allow anonymous comments; if there are very good reasons, you may publish under a pseudonym; otherwise please include your full name, both first and surnames.

1 thought on “Jesus the Good Shepherd in John 10 video”

  1. Just wanted to say that although I left my comment on the written blog for this one so I could check back to your text, I did actually find it more enjoyable and retained more from listening. Very clear, thank you.

    I did want to ask the theological significance, or otherwise, of the teddy on the chair – prostrate before you … in adoration, admiration or just abandonment ?!


Leave a comment