Soon afterward Jesus gave to the people in Jerusalem the parable or story of "The
"Verily, verily (that is, 'in truth, in truth'), I say to you, if any one does not
go into the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, it is a sign that he is a
thief and a robber. But the one who comes in by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. The
porter opens the door to him, and the sheep know him, and listen to his call, for he calls
his own sheep by name and leads them out to the pasture-field. And when he has led out his
sheep, he goes in front of them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. The
sheep will not follow a stranger, for they do not know the stranger's voice."
The people did not understand what all this meant, and as Jesus explained it to them,
he said: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door that leads to the sheepfold.
If any man comes to the sheep in any other way than through me and in my name, he is a
thief and a robber; but those who are the true sheep will not hear such. I am the door; if
any man goes into the fold through me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and go out, and
shall find pasture.
"The thief comes to the fold that he may steal and rob the sheep, and kill them;
but I came to the fold that they may have life, and may have all that they need. I am the
good shepherd; the good shepherd will give up his own life to save his sheep; and I will
give up my life that my sheep may be saved.
"I am the good shepherd; and just as a true shepherd knows all the sheep in his
fold, so I know my own, and my own know me, even as I know the Father, and the Father
knows me; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of
this fold; them also I must lead; and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one
flock and one shepherd."
The Jews could not understand these words of Jesus; but they became very angry with
him, because he spoke of God as his Father. They took up stones to throw them at him, and
tried to seize him, intending to kill him. But Jesus escaped from their hands, and went
away to the land beyond Jordan, at the place called "Bethabara," or
"Bethany beyond Jordan," the same place where he had been baptized by John the
Baptist more than two years before. From this place Jesus wished to go out through the
land in the east of the Jordan, a land which is called "Perea," a word that
means "beyond." But before going out through this land, Jesus sent out seventy
chosen men from among his followers to go to all the villages, and to make the people
ready for his own coming afterward. He gave to these seventy the same commands that he had
given to the twelve disciples when he sent them through Galilee, and sent them out in
pairs, two men to travel and to preach together. He said:
"I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry no purse, no bag for food, no shoes
except those that you are wearing. Do not stop to talk with people by the way; but go
through the towns and villages, healing the sick, and preaching to the people, 'The
kingdom of God is coming,' He that hears you, hears me; and he that refuses you, refuses
me; and he that will not hear me, will not hear him that sent me."
And after a time the seventy men came again to Jesus, saying:
"Lord, even the evil spirits obey our words in thy name!"
And Jesus said to them:
"I saw Satan, the king of the evil spirits, falling down like lightning from
heaven. I have given you power to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and nothing shall
harm you. Still, do not rejoice because the evil spirits obey you; but rejoice that your
names are written in heaven."
And at that time, one of the scribesmen who wrote copies of the books of the Old
Testament, and studied them, and taught themcame to Jesus and asked him a question,
to see what answer he would give. He said: "Master, what shall I do to have
Jesus said to the scribe: "What is written in the law? You are a reader of God's
law; tell me what it says."
Then the man gave this answer:
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and
with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thou shalt love thy neighbor as
Jesus said to the man: "You have answered right; do this, and you shall have
But the man was not satisfied. He asked another question: "And who is my
To answer this question, Jesus gave the parable or story of "The Good
Samaritan." He said: "A certain man was going down the lonely road from
Jerusalem to Jericho; and he fell among robbers, who stripped him of all that he had and
beat him; and then went away, leaving him almost dead. It happened that a certain priest
was going down that road; and when he saw the man lying there, he passed by on the other
side. And a Levite, also, when he came to the place, and saw the man, he too went by on
the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he was going down, came where this man was;
and as soon as he saw him, he felt a pity for him. He came to the man, and dressed his
wounds, pouring oil and wine into them. Then he lifted him up, and set him on his own
beast of burden, and walked beside him to an inn. There he took care of him all night; and
the next morning he took out from his purse two shillings, and gave them to the keeper of
the inn, and said: 'Take care of him; and if you need to spend more than this, do so; and
when I come again I will pay it to you.'"