Jesus making himself equal with God…

Concerning John 5:16-18, I found the following quote thought-provoking:

Yeshua’s Judean opposition immediately perceived that by saying God was his own Father he was claiming equality with God. Some Jews would like to reclaim Yeshua for the Jewish people by regarding him as a great teacher, which he was, but only human, not divine. Yeshua’s claim here makes that option impossible. A merely human “great teacher” who teaches that he is equal with God would be, as C. S. Lewis put it, either

“a lunatic — on a level with a man who says he’s a poached egg — or else He would be the devil of hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the son of God: or else a madman or something worse.” (Mere Christianity, New York: MacMillan, 1958, p. 41)

(from Jewish New Testament Commentary Copyright © 1992 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved. Used by permission.)

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