V: if Jesus was just a relatively unknown, performing miracles for "one or a handful of people," it immediately makes a lie out of the Gospel accounts because THEY say that he had crowds of THOUSANDS following him and all sorts of AMAZING things happened to him and around him.
Many of his most famous miracles were only eye-witnessed by a few people -- and stories of them only spread by word of mouth.
When he changed water into wine -- his mom, some servants, and some wedding guests knew.
The huge catch of fish -- the fishermen knew.
Healing Peter's mother-in-law -- Simon Peter's mother-in-law had a high fever, Jesus helped her sit up then her fever went away and she got up and made them dinner.
Healing the paralytic -- a large crowd was around a house he stayed at in Capernaum -- too large to fit in the house. Okay, seriously, how big was Capernaum, and how big was this house? I would have a hard time fitting 30 people in my house, and they would be spilling out the doors.
Calming the sea -- only his disciples witnessed it.
Raising Jairus' daughter -- Peter, John, James, and the girl's parents witnessed this -- and then Jesus told her parents not to tell anyone.
Feeding the 4000 and the 5000 -- how many of the people there actually knew that a miracle had occurred, and how many just thought they were getting bread and fish for lunch? Or was it even a supernatural miracle, or was the miracle that once one person shared, everyone else stopped being selfish and shared what they had as well?
The vast majority of the people that followed Jesus were poor, most of them likely illiterate, many of them outcasts that no one in power cared about.
What the Gospel authors wrote about was relative to their time and place in history, their experience. What was a "huge crowd" or a "large house" to someone from the 1st century? Even the largest numbered crowds, the multitudes -- the 4000 and the 5000, are nothing compared to the attendance of a rock concert today. And they didn't show up to watch Jesus pull a rabbit out of his hat -- they came to hear the message.
It seems that you and I have a very different picture of what Jesus' ministry and following were like. I don't think Jesus was even a blip on the radar to Rome, or to anyone who was recording important historical events at the time.