It wasn’t His claim of being “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6) that struck me. He had the audacity to forgive someone’s sins (Mark 2:1-12). He boasted that if you didn’t believe in Him, you’d die in your sins (John 8:24) because you were condemned already (John 3:18). He asserted that He existed before Abraham because He was the great I AM (John 8:58). He honestly believed that He would live forever (Matthew 28:20) and be in the very midst of people who would believe in Him centuries later (Matthew 18:20). He called Himself the Resurrection and the Life, the Bread of Life, the Good Shepherd, and the Living Water, and He declared unashamedly, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).
The more I read of Jesus’ claims, the less He seemed merely a rabbi or a prophet. The classifications of megalomaniac or messiah surfaced as the only likely options.
— Randy Newman, from Questioning Evangelism, p. 79