“I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep as the Father knows me.[a]My sheep know me as I know the Father. So I give my life for my sheep” (John 10:14-15)
I am the gate for the sheep . . . Those who enter the sheep pen through me will be saved. They will go in and out of the sheep pen and find food. 10 A thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. But I came so that my sheep will have life and so that they will have everything they need (John 10:7, 9-10)
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will have a life filled with light and will never live in the dark” (John 8:12)
“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never become hungry, and whoever believes in me will never become thirsty” (John 6:35)
In the past God spoke to our ancestors at many different times and in many different ways through the prophets. In these last days he has spoken to us through his Son. God made his Son responsible for everything. His Son is the one through whom God made the universe (Hebrews 1:1-2)
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was already with God in the beginning . . . The Word became human and lived among us. We saw his glory. It was the glory that the Father shares with his only Son, a glory full of kindness and truth (John 1:1-2, 14)
[Y]ou should never lose sight of this fact, dear friends, that time is not the same with the Lord as it is with us—to him a day may be a thousand years, and a thousand years only a day. It is not that he is dilatory about keeping his own promise as some men seem to think; the fact is that he is very patient towards you.
He has no wish that any man should be destroyed. He wishes that all men should come to repent. Yet it remains true that the day of the Lord will come as suddenly and unexpectedly as a thief. In that day the heavens will disappear in a terrific tearing blast, the very elements will disintegrate in heat and the earth and all that is in it will be burnt up to nothing.
In view of the fact that all these things are to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be? Surely men of good and holy character, who live expecting and earnestly longing for the coming of the day of God. True, this day will mean that the heavens will disappear in fire and the elements disintegrate in fearful heat, but our hopes are set not on these but on the new Heaven and the new earth which he has promised us, and in which nothing but good shall live (II Peter 3:8-13)