The spiritual leaders of Jesus’ day were corrupt and evil. Jesus’ miraculous healing of a man born blind should have opened their eyes to God’s Spirit at work in their midst but instead it revealed the complete blindness of their hearts. The irony of a man who was born blind now seeing is not lost on John as he records the story of Jesus’ miracle in chapter 9 and now Jesus’ encounter with the evil shepherds of chapter 10. Those trained in the law would not have missed Jesus’ frequent references to Ezekiel 34 and the scattered sheep without a shepherd of Ezekiel’s day. Jesus’ comments are both condemning and hopeful; He alone is the Good Shepherd. This is the fourth of seven “I AM” statements in John.