“This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.” – John 5:18
It is very common to meet someone who likes Jesus as a person, likes his teachings, and likes his morals. But to encounter someone who likes the qualities about Jesus, but who rejects him as Lord and as God, reveals that they, in fact, do not know who Jesus was, what he taught, or what true morality is. You see, Jesus did not leave open to us the possibility of only accepting some “nice teaching” from him without accepting the reality of who he was.
Jesus was not put to death because he was a good teacher, no, had he been that, he would have been widely accepted and adored by the religious and political leader of his day. Jesus was executed on the cross because to the Jews he was a blasphemer (Mark 114:62-64), and to the Romans he was making himself out to be a rival king to Caesar (John 19:15, 19).
You see, Jesus forces us into a position that either we accept his claims to be Lord and God, and bow before Him, adoring Him. Or, we must be like those of Jesus’ day, appalled at his claims and ready to execute such a crazy and wicked man.