And the people gathered all around him. They said, “How long are you going to keep us guessing? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly!” Jesus answered: I have told you, and you refused to believe me. The things I do by my Father’s authority show who I am.
(John 10:24-25 CEV)
Jesus’ claim to be God made the Jews of His day want to kill Him, and there are still people today who can’t accept it either. In fact, there are those who say that Jesus didn’t really claim to be God. Christian writer, Selwyn Hughes, tells of a time when a Jehovah’s Witness was trying to counter Jesus’ claim. I love Hughes’ response. “It’s a strange thing,” Hughes answered, “that the men who actually heard those words understood Jesus to be claiming equality with God and picked up stones to stone Him. Yet you, standing here 2000 years later, have a different interpretation. I think that I’d rather believe the first-century witnesses than the twentieth-century ones.” I couldn’t agree more.
Jesus’ claim to be God stands the test of time.