The Core Truth:
Jesus's contemporaries didn’t think of him as a kind of teacher, prophet, or political Messiah. His earliest followers worshipped him as God, and even his opponents understood this claim. Those who claim Jesus was merely a good man or helpful teacher neglect the reality of what he claimed for himself. Jesus claimed to be the divine Messiah promised in the Old Testament Scriptures. And he demonstrated his divinity by performing miracles and forgiving sins. Jesus claimed to be God. And he proved it.