The historical Jesus Christ was a doomsday cult leader
Jesus' point is this (paraphrased): "you rejected me because I did not share your asceticism, yet I have proven to you, through miracles, that I am in fact the Messiah."
Lastly, Crossan cites Luke 7:27, where Jesus says, "John is the one about whom Scripture says, 'I am sending my messenger ahead of you to prepare the way.'"  Jesus isn't saying that he believes John is the Messiah, rather he is reminding John's followers in this passage about what JOHN has claimed: that he is the Messiah sent to teach and
"prepare the way" for the apocalypse. Jesus became ‘almost the exact oppose of John the Baptist."  Although Jesus initially was baptized by John and accepted the first of John's followers, they clearly diverged in belief systems. On the other hand, there are other passages such as Luke 5:33 where Luke rhetorically defends the disciples of Jesus (not Jesus...