Since Muslims and Christians do seemingly have a very different mind-set in how they approach their scriptures and in what way they expect to find truth conveyed, let me first address the topic on how God is speaking in his word on this specific topic and why that is reasonable in our sight. And then I will give the passages that in my eyes make abundantly clear the deity of Christ.
Imagine if God did decide to come to live among His people. How should He go about making this plain to them? And given that God wants the free response of love and obedience, not a forced submission because there is no other way, how could He proceed?
You say: Jesus never claimed to be God, because there is no verse where Jesus says "I am God". But imagine he had done so. Would anybody have believed him? Clearly the Jews would have reacted with the charge of blasphemy [as they did even to Jesus more "subtle" ways of claiming to be God. We will see he was actually not subtle at all and the Jews understood full well what he was saying]. And they would have demanded proof for it. One thing that God made very clear long ago through His prophets:
7 Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.
8 The lion has roared-- who will not fear? The Sovereign LORD has spoken--who can but prophesy?
21 "Present your case," says the LORD. "Set forth your arguments," says Jacob's King.
22 "Bring in [your idols] to tell us what is going to happen. Tell us what the former things were, so that we may consider them and know their final outcome. Or declare to us the things to come,
23 tell us what the future holds, so we may know that you are gods. Do something, whether good or bad, so that we will be dismayed and filled with fear.
24 But you are less than nothing and your works are utterly worthless; he who chooses you is detestable.
8 "I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.
9 See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you."
1 "Listen to this, O house of Jacob, you who are called by the name of Israel and come from the line of Judah, you who take oaths in the name of the LORD and invoke the God of Israel -- but not in truth or righteousness --
2 you who call yourselves citizens of the holy city and rely on the God of Israel-- the LORD Almighty is his name:
3 I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.
4 For I knew how stubborn you were; the sinews of your neck were iron, your forehead was bronze.
5 Therefore I told you these things long ago; before they happened I announced them to you so that you could not say, `My idols did them; my wooden image and metal god ordained them.'
6 You have heard these things; look at them all. Will you not admit them? "From now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you.
7 They are created now, and not long ago; you have not heard of them before today. So you cannot say, `Yes, I knew of them.'
8 You have neither heard nor understood; from of old your ear has not been open. Well do I know how treacherous you are; you were called a rebel from birth.
9 For my own name's sake I delay my wrath; for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you, so as not to cut you off.
10 See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
11 For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another.
So, time and again, God makes clear that the difference between Him and the idols is, that HE announces beforehand what he is going to do, in contrast to the deaf and dumb idols. And he says several times, that he does so because he is NOT willing to give HIS glory to any other, to no idol ("god") and certainly to no human being. We will see that this is important later when we see how Jesus receives lots of attributes/glory only properly due to God.
God says He announces his acts in advance, which is both a sign of WHO is God (since only God knows in advance what He will do), and also a safeguard, since if something big happens and God (or someone commanded by God to do so) has not announced it, it may not be from God.
[Side remark: That is one of my problems with Muhammad, who according to Islam is the greatest prophet, because his message is the final one, the one for ALL mankind, while the earlier ones were just of 'local' significance. So then, if the Messiah, Jesus, was only of 'local' and 'temporal' significance, how come, that there are over 300 fulfilled prophesies about the Messiah in the Old Testament PLUS several hundred more prophesies about his second coming, but nothing clear at all about Muhammad? Did God get his plan for the correct religion so woefully wrong and out of balance? Or did He change his plan after the Bible was already written? Seems to be unlikely to me. And it is one more indication for *me* that maybe Muhammad was not being sent by the God of the Bible. And how come that all over the Bible, representing a 1500 year period of God talking through prophets, we have many thousands of prophecies on historical events, many already happened and verified, and many more to come, but somehow God suddenly chooses to speak a 'different language' and there is basically nothing to be found in that respect in the Qur'an? Unlikely again, to my taste. Anyway, back to our main topic.]
So, God would have to 'prove' his claim by showing that he is true to his own word. Especially as he commands us to not believe anybody who contradicts the word of God as given in the earlier prophets. (see e.g. Deuteronomy 13. Also, if you claim to talk about the same God but attribute very different characteristics, are you not in fact pointing to a different god?)
In order to prove that he is God, Jesus would have to show by his action and words, that he is what God claims to be/do himself as declared through the prophets he has sent before.
Well, those not really interested in religion might just have missed it, because they haven't sought to know God as he has revealed himself. But those who really wanted to obey God, who loved him, who searched for learning about God and his will in his word, they would recognize him, because his ways, action and character were already "familiar" to them.
And after all, Jesus [even if you only see him as a prophet of God] says that we are supposed to recognize true messengers of God not by their words (only) but in addition to the necessary condition that their words are in harmony with the earlier revelation, he stresses to judge any such men's claim also by their deeds and character, expressing it in this way (in Matthew 7):
15 "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn-bushes, or figs from thistles?
17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
And the bad tree might look just fine for most of the time, might have just as green leaves and promise just a good fruit, but, in time, its fruit is going to reveal the truth.
So, if that is one of the standards God sets for recognising true prophet, would he not act himself consistent to his word? And would he not expect to be recognized by his deeds and character and the way in which he fulfils what He Himself gave as prophecy to the earlier prophets regarding himself?
We can not demand that God would perform to our 20th century Islamic or secular wishes of how God has to declare himself. But if we diligently search in his word on how he speaks about himself we shall surely find. As he says:
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. -- Jeremiah 29:13
So now, let us see what such a search will bring to our attention.
Since I discovered the following example more or less myself in my own studying, I want to present it as the first parallel and in more detail than other passages [though I am sure others have seen it long before me].
After God through the Prophet Ezekiel pronounces judgment on the leaders (shepherds) of the people (flock) of Israel, because they have not taken care of the weak but exploited them for their own gain and have brought the people to ruin by their disobedience to God's commands, then God goes on to give a promise through the mouth of Ezekiel, which is found in Ezekiel chapter 34:
7 "`Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD:
8 As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, because my flock lacks a shepherd and so has been plundered and has become food for all the wild animals, and because my shepherds did not search for my flock but cared for themselves rather than for my flock,
9 therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the LORD:
10 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against the shepherds and will hold them accountable for my flock. I will remove them from tending the flock so that the shepherds can no longer feed themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths, and it will no longer be food for them.
11 "`For this is what the Sovereign LORD says:
I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.
12 As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.
13 I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land.
14 I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.
15 I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign LORD.
16 I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.
17 "`As for you, my flock, this is what the Sovereign LORD says:
I will judge between one sheep and another, and between rams and goats.
20 "`Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says to them: See, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep.
21 Because you shove with flank and shoulder, butting all the weak sheep with your horns until you have driven them away,
22 I will save my flock, and they will no longer be plundered. I will judge between one sheep and another.
Hopefully everyone could see that God is promising to do something HIMSELF. "I myself will tend my sheep..."(verse 15) and "I will shepherd the flock..."(17) and will be the good shepherd of the people of Israel in contrast to the evil leaders they have had. [18 times "I will" in these verses!]
In Isaiah 40 we find these verses:
9 You who bring good tidings to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, "Here is your God!"
10 See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young....
Compare to Luke 15:1-7 where Jesus uses this image to justify his own behavior.
Furthermore, this is embedded in one of the best known prayers of the Bible:
Psalm 23 A psalm of David.
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
This is one of the most often prayed prayer of the Bible (after the 'Our Father' which was taught by Jesus to his disciples).
THE ultimate care taker of our soul and body is the LORD himself and the image used for it was the image of the shepherd. This is a very familiar picture to the Jews who know their Scriptures.
Against this background then, in the Gospel according to John, Jesus says in chapter 10:
8 All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.
9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
[As in Ezekiel: The others are thieves and out to destroy. As in Ps.23 Jesus promises to lead to good pastures. Just observe how he uses these very familiar words of the Old Testament to make his claim!] And then:
11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
[and note: As soon as he says "It is I, this good shepherd, you have all heard about", he goes on and talks about him giving his life for the sheep - his death for the redemption of the people of God.]
12 The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.
13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me --
15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father--and I lay down my life for the sheep.
16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life -- only to take it up again. (Jesus claims to be able to resurrect himself!)
18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father."
19 At these words the Jews were again divided.
20 Many of them said, "He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?"
21 But others said, "These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"
22 Then came the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter,
23 and Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon's Colonnade.
24 The Jews gathered around him, saying, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly."
25 Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me,
26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.
29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand.
30 I and the Father are one."
31 Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him,
32 but Jesus said to them, "I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?"
33 "We are not stoning you for any of these," replied the Jews, "but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God."
Obviously the Jews understood what he was saying. He did not literally say "I am God", but he used the words and images that unambiguously made it it clear to the listeners (who knew their scriptures) what his claim was.
And apart from the Old Testament images, he claims in this passage, that he is the giver of (eternal) life (verse 28). Who but God could ever claim that without lying? This is a claim too big for any mere prophet. Muslims (and some others) often say: "I and the Father are one" is no big deal. As a prophet he speaks the words of God and his intent is God's intent. They are one "in regard to their message". But I would ask why don't you say then that "Muhammad and Allah are one"? Doesn't sound right, does it? And the Jews' reaction was to pick up stones to kill him for blasphemy. They didn't have the impression that this was such a harmless expression. If he indeed was NOT saying he was partaker of deity, then he had some majorly wrong choice of words. And he seemingly never thought he had to apologize for it and restate his meaning in a less offensive way.
Another part of the passage in Ezekiel (34:17):
...this is what the Sovereign LORD says:
I will judge between one sheep and another, and between rams and goats.
And in Matthew chapter 25, Jesus says:
31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.
32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
Here again, we have together, as in the Ezekiel image, the Shepherd, the sheep and the goat, the judging. And the one who judges is the "Son of Man", which is the title Jesus uses for himself hundreds of times. And it is he, who at the end of time will be the judge over ALL nations and every single person. This in itself is a claim to deity again, because in Ezekiel, it is the LORD God himself who declares, that it is his business to judge.
And the passage in Matthew 25 continues, that the nations will be judged on how they treated JESUS while in this life, and their relationship to Jesus is determining their treatment of those around them, whether they live mercifully or egotistically. (Read it, if you are not familiar with the passage). Our love towards God will determine how much love we have for people.
Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. 1 John 2:9
(in the light = in fellowship/relationship to God, in darkness = the obvious opposite)
Now that I have mentioned Jesus favorite title in speaking of himself, I guess I have to explain what this title really is saying. And it is not to stress Jesus "frailness and human nature" (as some Muslims say). Quite the contrary.
In the book of the Prophet Daniel in chapter 7 we find:
13 "In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.
14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
15 "I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and the visions that passed through my mind disturbed me.
16 I approached one of those standing there and asked him the true meaning of all this. "So he told me and gave me the interpretation of these things:
17 `The four great beasts are four kingdoms that will rise from the earth....
... (some explanation of the first part of the vision, concerning world history) ...
24 ... After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. (probably the Anti-Christ)
25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time.
26 "`But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever.
27 Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be handed over to the saints, the people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.'
28 "This is the end of the matter. I, Daniel, was deeply troubled by my thoughts, and my face turned pale, but I kept the matter to myself."
Now, who will be worshiped?
The "Son of Man" figure (verse 14),
the "Most High" (=God) (verse 27)
Who will have eternal dominion and sovereign power? (verses 14 & 27)
These are arguably only honors and characteristics of God, the only sovereign Lord of all creation. But somehow this "son of man" is intimately related to him.
Jesus is not calling himself ever 'a son of man', he is calling himself THE Son of Man. And does so persistently hundreds of times. In the Daniel passage, this is not yet really a title, just a term of comparison when he says 'like a' son of man. He sees a vision and describes what he sees. And this awe inspiring figure looks like a human being but he obviously seems to be much more. Jesus takes this 'description' and turns it into a title for himself. (Probably/maybe because most of the other Old Testament Messianic titles have been filled by the Jews already with lots of wrong expectations of the Messiah to be a political figure, who would liberate Israel from the Roman rule etc, but Jesus' mission at his first coming was different. And therefore he uses this title that hasn't had any preconceived notions and wrong expectations attached to it.)
Now that we have seen that God and some 'human' figure are very much related in Daniels vision, let me quote the next two verses following the passage in Ezekiel 34 directly after the earlier quote:
23 I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend them; he will tend them and be their shepherd.
24 I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David will be prince among them. I the LORD have spoken.
After God has spoken more than a dozen times that it is HIM, who comes and will be the shepherd over his people, he goes on in the next sentence, that it will be "David". The Jews have always understood that (to my knowledge) as a Messianic prophecy, (together with other passages which say that the Messiah will be a descendant of David), that it is not David himself, resurrected from the dead, but a descendant of his and one who is "like David" in the sense that he is a "King/man after God's own heart" which might probably be the most important word God ever said about David.
So, in Ezekiel again, there seems to be some very close relationship between the Lord God himself and some figure, who is human and qualifies as (descendant of) David.
Now, back to the "Son of Man" passage in Daniel. Let me point you to some striking events and predictions in Jesus' life. At his trial before the High Court of the Jews (Sanhedrin), where his life is at stake, we read in the Gospel according to Mark, chapter 14
61 ... Again the high priest asked him, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?"
62 "I am," said Jesus. "And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven."
63 The high priest tore his clothes. "Why do we need any more witnesses?" he asked.
64 "You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?" They all condemned him as worthy of death.
This doesn't look either as if "the Son of the Blessed One (God)" or "the Son of Man" were some titles of no consequence to the Jewish leaders. That is what got Jesus the death sentence for blasphemy. And Jesus explicitly makes in this context the connection to the Daniel passage. 'Son of Man' and 'coming with clouds' and 'right hand of God' = the position of power. I think there is no doubt that Jesus does NOT use 'Son of Man' to indicate that he is purely human. And the religious leaders understood that exactly. How do we dare to say, they got it all wrong? We know better what Jesus meant than they, who heard him speak it in their mother tongue? And if he had been misunderstood, he could have explained himself better, but he did not.
And the last passage I want to point to in this respect:
After the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, it is exactly happening as Daniel and Jesus were prophesying. He is ascending into heaven, and about this incident Luke reports in his account of the Gospel, chapter 24:
50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.
51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.
52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.
And in Acts chapter 1:
9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.
11 "Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."
So, Jesus ascends to God, with the clouds of heaven (and is there given all authority and power as Daniel says and many more passages in the New Testament) and Jesus is WORSHIPED by his disciples the very day of the Ascension, 40 days after the Resurrection (Luke 24:52).
I hope you still remember in the earlier part, that the First Commandment is to worship nobody but God. And the disciples worship Jesus. This is NOT a LATE distortion and corruption of Christianity. These are staunchly monotheistic Jews who worship Jesus as their God. The very disciples of Jesus who have lived with Him for three years who heard all His teaching.
The very calling of Peter, the leader of the disciples of Jesus was already a 'moment of insight' and is reported in Luke 5:1-11 (please read the context) after Jesus had done a miracle in the presence of Peter, and Peter reacts spontaneously, not because of deep reflection about it, but with (in my opinion) correct intuition:
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said,
"Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!"
And he did not mean that he is an exceedingly sinful man in comparison to other men and isn't worth being near the MAN Jesus who is less sinful. He calls him LORD and perceives the huge difference between himself and this one who could fill the nets after they had worked all night and all their professional skills and had caught NOTHING. And this event brings him to the realization that he, a sinner, can't really stand before the Holy One. Probably Peter did sort of push this incident away into his 'subconsciousness' afterwards, since, after all, this can't really be true. Not for a devout Jewish man's mind. But, the fact that it is reported by Luke, shows that he thought this to be an important incident.
And see what happens some time later as we now look at an event reported in the Gospel according to Mark. Jesus had already healed miraculously many people (chapter 1 and 2), claimed that he is the Lord over the sabbath (one of the most important laws of the covenant between God and the people of Israel, no prophet has dared to ever talk this way, as being Lord over any command of God - chapter 2, verse 28), and claimed that he in himself has the authority to forgive sins (2:10) [and more things of this sort], and obviously he had expected that by now his disciples got some clue as to his identity or at least to his authority and power, but read for yourself (Mark, chapter 4):
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side." [of the lake that is]
36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.
37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.
38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves,
"Quiet! Be still!"
Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40 He said to his disciples,
"Why are you so afraid?
Do you still have no faith?"
41 They were terrified and asked each other,
"Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"
The disciples had already experienced so much with Jesus, but somehow didn't get it. And this incident made them terrified at Jesus. Yes, they were fearing to drown and die because of the storm. But they became even more terrified after Jesus stopped the storm just by speaking to it. This was a terrifying silence.
Let me bring two passages from the Old Testament to make clear why they were so terrified (as if you and I would not be):
4 Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.
5 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they were created.
6 He set them in place for ever and ever; he gave a decree that will never pass away.
7 Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do HIS bidding,
Psalm 107 (A psalm/prayer of praise to the Lord for his wonderful deeds of help and provision):
23 Others went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters.
24 They saw the works of the LORD, his wonderful deeds in the deep.
25 For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves.
26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away.
27 They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wits' end.
28 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.
31 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.
And the situation in Ps.107 has lots of parallel aspects to the report in Mark 4, which I will let you reflect upon yourself.
Now, other prophets before Jesus did have some miraculous events in relationship to the forces of nature too, but always it is God either announcing this beforehand to the prophet, or the prophet is first earnestly praying for God's intervention, and always is it clear that the power of the event is not in the person of the prophet, but solely in God who chooses to hear the prophet's prayer.
on Moses and the parting of the Red Sea.
Joshua 10:12-15 on Joshua's command to the sun to stand still.
1 Kings 18:30-39 on Elijah calling down fire from heaven
Isaiah 38:8 on Isaiah giving King Hezekiah a sign from God and he chooses that the shadow on the sun dial go backwards.
Jonah (in the book of the same name) is the "victim of a miracle" as to surviving three days in the stomach of a huge fish.
In contrast to all those, Jesus is awoken by his disciples and just speaks to the waves and the wind and they obey. Period. Jesus does not first have to start praying and asking God to do it. Jesus just speaks to the forces of nature and they obey.
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