I have often heard people say that Jesus never claimed to be God. This popular misconception is patently untrue. In John 8:58, He specifically claimed to be YHWH (the God of Israel). Later in John 10:30, He claimed that He and God were one and the same. These claims were completely unequivocal. Jesus’ audience knew exactly what He meant when He said it. In both cases, they immediately tried to stone Him for what they perceived to be the ultimate blasphemy.
While it may be true that Jesus never uttered the exact phrase, “I am God”, In reality, He was much more specific than that.