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Various ways Jesus related to people
A look at the range and the why

1.   Sought some particular people out:
    a. John the Baptist
    b. Nathaniel
    c. Samaritan woman
    d. Zaccheus

2.    Attracted close followers:
    a. Close disciples along with some women
    b. Friends: Mary, Martha and Lazarus

3.   Attracted casual followers:
    a. Many unknown people followed him, probably when he was in their district.
    b. Attracted large crowds
    c. Attracted insurrectionists wanting to use him to help overthrow Rome
    d. Engendered a large contingent that were convinced he was the Messiah

4.   Had private conversations with:
    a. Thomas
    b. Samaritan woman
    c. Martha
    d. Mary
    e. Nicodemus

5.    Over the course of three years of public ministry he probably healed a small but not insignificant percentage of the population:
a. Crowds followed him and sought him out to be healed
b. People brought friends and relatives to him to be healed
c. A centurion sought him out to heal his son

6.   Alarmed the national leadership:
a. Alarmed the Pharisees because they understood at some point that they were losing influence and religious control over the population
b. The Sadducees because they felt their privileged accommodation with Rome was being threatened.
c. Won some converts in the leadership like Joseph and Nicodemus

7. Managed to escape confrontation with Roman authority until the Jewish leadership forced the issue.

What is above are the facts and information about the way Jesus related, but not the "why". Let's look "under the hood" and see if we can understand why.

Jesus knew that humans are not born as thinkers, choosers or deciders but as perceivers. [2]  He knew that we are born as "Homo Sapiens" that can be cultured into Human Beings. He knew that partially because of their limited lifespan but mostly because their intellectual, spiritual environment of family and educational system did not concentrate on critical thinking but upon religious indoctrination, most did not even have a chance to progress from being primarily just willful perceivers to being in control of themselves. You can't blame a person for what they don't have or have not been given. His problem with them was more fundamental, and was with their almost complete lack of judgment and critical thinking in evaluating their own belief system, their inability to see that their behavior was inconsistent not only with humaneness and common sense, but even with basic tenets of their own sacred writings.

Human beings are largely at the mercy of their parents, schools and society for character development as they are growing into adulthood. Various of our multifarious facets get cultured or not, as the case may be, and the chances are slim that the critical thinking faculty gets very well developed. Thus, most remain just being perceivers and victims of habits. See Human Volition and Free Will

This is why Jesus had such compassion for the people all the while he knew he couldn't trust them, especially with very much truth. Not only were they fastened on throwing off the yoke of Rome through a Messiah, but were avidly wanting this Messiah King to come and restore their land into a glorious and powerful earthly kingdom. This partly explains why he avoided large followings and then when necessary taught them with parables so that "they would hear and not understand". This is why late in his time on earth he said, "When the son of Man passes, will he find faith on the earth? Evidently not!"

Jesus was looking for a "few good men", men that would self-select themselves to be his close fellow spiritual revolutionaries to start a seed crystal for the kingship of the heavens. Alas, he incurred only two, and these two were too slow, too little and too late in coming into understanding to help him inaugurate a truly spiritual restoration at that time without going to the alternate plan of his crucifixion. This is why late in his time on earth he said, "When the son of Man passes, will he find faith on the earth? Evidently not!

Jesus DID cross paths with decent men, like most of his followers, and like Zaccheus, the woman at the well, Nicodemus, the Roman Centurion, the Samaritan woman healed by her touch of his garment, members of his own family, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, et al, but there is no indication that they were available to move to the next level of belief and truly understand God through Jesus. This is why late in his time on earth he said, "When the son of Man passes, will he find faith on the earth? Evidently not!

No, the human race was evidently not available to wake up and deal with the real issues without a raw, stark, dramatic, violent, agonizing, gruesome, false-hope-dashing yet eminently elegant and ultimately effective demonstration of the character of God, the apocalypse of the crucifixion and resurrection.

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