One thing separates Jesus from every other religious leaders in history: He claimed to be God!
Jesus didn't say He was like God. But that He was God. When referring to God the father, Jesus said bluntly: "The father and I are one" (John 10:30). Surely Jesus didn't make this bold statement in jest or in a desperate attempt to get attention. He said it because it was true. The religious leader certainly knew what Jesus meant, and they plotted his death because of it (John 5:18).