Many attempt to pass Jesus off as just a good man, a good teacher, someone who founded a religion, or any other number of things. Jesus was all of these things but to make him just these things misses an important aspect about Jesus: He clearly claimed to be God. For all of the things that He taught that annoyed the Jewish leaders, this was the worst thing that they considered blasphemy and worthy of death because of saying it.
Here’s what some contemporary Christian authors have to say about Jesus being God. Following that is a list of places where Jesus either says or implies that He is in fact God.
“Almost everyone who has heard of Jesus has developed an opinion about Him. That is to be expected, for He is not only the most famous person in world history, but also the most controversial.”
~ Tim LaHaye
“It occurs to me that all the contorted theories about Jesus that have been spontaneously generating since the day of his death merely confirm the awesome risk God took when he stretched himself out on the dissection table – a risk he seemed to welcome. Examine me. Test me. You decide.”
~ Philip Yancey
“Not one recognized religious leader, not Moses, Paul, Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius,, etc., has ever claimed to be God; that is, with exception of Jesus Christ. Christ is the only religious leader who has ever claimed to be deity and the only individual ever who has convinced a great portion of the world that He is God.”
The trial – Mark 14:61-64, Matthew 26:64
Equality with God – John 10:25-33, John 5:17-18
“I AM” – John 8:58
“To know Me” – John 8:19
“Believe in Me” – John 14:1
“He who has seen Me” – John 14:8-9
Worship reserved only for God – John 4:20-22, Acts 8:27
Jesus received and accepted worship – Matthew 8:2, John 9:35-39, Matthew 14:33, John 20:27-29