Did Jesus say He is God? from Compelling Truth
GNN Note – Another reference to the Christ identity. With this reference there is no attack on Jesus’ identity as the Son of God, God in the form of man, there is simply an acknowledgement that Jesus is God and Jesus’ identity is found in God. We are to find our identity in Jesus Christ. We can only do this in community (where 2 or 3 are gathered in His name) and Jesus will happily identify us as His child. / END
In John 10:30, Jesus said, “I and the Father are one,” directly linking Himself with God the Father and thus claiming deity. While Jesus did not say the exact words, “I am God,” He did clearly say He is God in a way that those who listened to Him would understand. How do we know they understood? By their reaction. John 10:31 goes on to say that, “The Jews picked up stones to stone him.” When asked why, they replied, “for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God” (John 10:33). According to the Mosaic law, stoning was the punishment for blasphemy (Leviticus 24:16), so the Jews were clearly understanding Jesus’ claim to be God.
The same thing happened another time in John 8:58 when Jesus made another claim to be God by calling Himself “I am,” the same name with which God identified Himself to Moses in Exodus 3:14. Again, the Jews understood the reference and tried to stone Jesus (John 8:59).
John 1 identifies Jesus as God. Verse 1 states: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1, emphasis added). John affirms that the Word and Jesus are the same in verse 14, which says: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” This verse affirms the deity of Christ and makes the connection even more clearly about Jesus as God incarnate by talking about how He became flesh and dwelled among us.