What you have failed to understand here is that Jesus was telling them that he is the Messiah that was expected, the one who would die for their sins if they were to repent and accept him as their savior. He was not saying that he is God when he said I am he, but the Son of God. The Son of man, the Messiah. This is especially obvious when later in the verse he says.."he that sent me is true"meaning God sent him, and " heard of him" meaning God, and then speaks of the Father. Nowhere does he say that he is God.
Now...back to hell???Please? Maybe you could take this to a Jesus is God thread?
21Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come. 22Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come. 23And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. 24I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. 25Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. 26I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. 27They understood not that he spake to them of the Father. 28Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. 29And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. 30As he spake these words, many believed on him.