Jesus polarised public opinion. There are a couple of episodes in Luke, Chapter 4. In the first, the Nazareth crowd get furious at him for his teaching and attempt to kill him. In the second, the Capernaum crowd beg him to stay when he leaves to speak in other towns.
The second crowd had just witnessed some amazing scenes. Peter’s mother-in-law had been healed of the kind of fever that routinely killed people. Having heard of it, people from all over the region brought the sick to Jesus and he had healed them. His teaching on the Kingdom of God was fascinating even though (or perhaps, because) even the cleverest struggled to fully understand it.
The Capernaum crowd wanted Jesus to stay because he affected their real lives.
They also realised that he brought great power and authority and were mesmerised by his ability to heal.
Jesus’ ministrwy was tender and it was personal. When they brought people to him, we are told he gently touched each one. This was no blanket healing, but rather it was intensely personal.
But perhaps the greatest reason they wanted Jesus to stay was that they quickly realised that Jesus was connecting them like never before with the Living God.
Today, Jesus continues to polarise public opinion. You owe it to yourself to find out about him.