If Jesus’ primary pattern of ministry was to gather a crowd and reveal his glory through spectacular means, such as transfiguration or mighty miracles, very likely the crowds would have responded positively. Many would have thought that Jesus must certainly be worthy of allegiance. But, in such circumstances such a response would have raised questions about what it is the people were specifically seeking in following Jesus.
Certainly they would have been attracted to his power and glory, and from one perspective this would not have been bad, as I imagine the soul was designed by God to positively respond to such things. However, I don’t think this approach to ministry would have met the deepest, most genuine need of the people. And so, what I wonder is what does Jesus’ approach to ministry reveal about genuine human need. In short, what does Jesus’ ministry actually address in all of us?