John 14 is an especially pivotal chapter in this context. Here we find four crucial facts.
In John 14:9 he asserted, "Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father."
Earlier, the authorities tried to stone him to death specifically because he claimed to be God (John 10:33).
Other religious leaders have claimed to reveal God; Jesus alone claims to be God. It would be blasphemy for a Muslim to say that Muhammad was God. Buddha never claimed to be God, and, in fact, taught that there is no personal God. No one in Hindu or Jewish history every claimed to be God.
But Jesus did.
Other religious leaders taught about heaven or the afterlife. Jesus alone claims to be preparing it for us.
No other leader or prophet in the history of world religions ever made such a claim.
Other religious leaders taught about the way to heaven. Jesus alone claims to take us there.
His Greek was emphatic: "I am the way and the truth and the life."
Later, he was even more emphatic: "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me" (Matthew 28:18). No one in all of human history ever made this claim. Peter would later make the same announcement about Jesus (Acts 4:12).
Only Jesus made such a staggering claim for himself.
We may agree or disagree with him, but we need to know what he believed about himself. He never claimed to be a religious teacher or leader, or one way to God among many. He claimed to be the only way to eternity in heaven.
Of course, we would expect the Old Testament to claim that God is the only God and the New Testament to claim that Jesus is the only way to the Father.
Are there objective ways to defend these claims? That’s our next devotional.