I have received many letters challenging my assertion that Jesus is God. The letters argue that Jesus never even suggested that He was God. But when you read Scripture, there is no question that the Jewish leaders whom Christ was addressing actually accused Jesus of this very thing because they understood what He was claiming. For instance, in John 5:17 Jesus told them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” Maybe this sounds a little ambiguous to us, but the Jewish leadership knew that Jesus was not only breaking the Sabbath by his work of healing but was also calling God His own Father. That meant that He was making Himself equal with God (John 5:18).
When the disciples were asked by Jesus who they thought He was, Peter blurted out, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God” (Matt. 16:16). Peter’s answer was spot on, and Jesus made it clear that the only way Peter knew this was by God the Father making it clear to him.