John links his stories together in interesting ways.
“The thief comes in to steal, kill and destroy.” 10:10
- Compare with v. 31, 39; 11:8-9
“The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” 10:11(also 15, 17)
- Compare with 11:50; 12:7-8; 12:23ff
- “The sheep listen to his voice.” 10:3, 4, 8, 16.
- Compare with 10:25-31; 11:43-44
“This Mary…was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair…” 11:2
- Compare with 12:1-8
“The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face…” 11:44
- Compare with 19:38-20:9
“You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” 11:50
- Compare with John 3:16
Note: This is the John style. The Letter of I John has a circular structure where several themes are stated, repeated and developed over the book, like a rope woven of strands.