Jesus’ claim to deity hit the Jewish leaders right where it hurt. For it was them who had appointed themselves as rulers & judges for God…not this guy & His ragtag group of followers. He was encroaching on their turf & they didn’t like it. But neither did they appropriately interpretate the Mosaic Law of religious regulations in Leviticus 24:16 that stated that anyone who blasphemed the Name of the Lord must be put to death. Jesus never cursed, slandered, or treated His Father in contempt… but in their distain, the Jews twisted & perverted this Law to fit their own vile-filled needs. And when Jesus pointed out His “works” (of which they couldn’t deny that miracles had really happened) …they instead focused on their made-up “words” in order to kill Him.