The Sovereign Lord says “I will search for my sheep and look after them. As a good shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries and I will bring them into their own land.
I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land … There they will lie down in good grazing land and there they will feed in a rick pasture on the mountains of Israel.
I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down … I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak …
I will make a covenant of peace with them and rid the land of savage beasts so that they may live in the wilderness and sleep in forests in safety … I will send down showers in season; showers of blessing. The trees will yield their fruit and the ground will yield its crops; the people will be secure in the land.
They will know that I am the Lord when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from the hands of those who enslaved them … They will live in safety and no one will make them afraid …
You are my sheep, the sheep of my pasture and I am your God.”
“I am the gate for the sheep … Whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out and find pasture.
The thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep … I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the father knows me and I know the father.
I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I MUST BRING THEM ALSO. They too will listen to my voice and there will be one flock and one shepherd …
My sheep listen to my voice ; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; NO ONE WILL SNATCH THEM OUT OF MY HAND. My father who has given them to me is greater than all; NO ON CAN SNATCH THEM OUT OF HIS HAND! I and the father are one.”
“Suppose one of you has 100 sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the 99 in the open country and go after the lost sheep UNTIL HE FINDS IT? And when he finds it he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and TAKES IT HOME!”