But each person's experience is different. Jesus only took three disciples out of thousands to the top of the mountain where they saw him transfigured in glory. The majority heard this story, eventually, but only a bare few had this experience. It is interesting that Jesus repeated this experience for his persecutor, Saul of Tarsus, but again, the 3000 who believed in Peter's message didn't have this experience.
Many more were directly healed by Jesus. We don't have any numbers, but it was enough that thousands more followed Jesus wherever he would go to possibly be healed. These healings continue to this very day. There are many thousands who live today who affirm that their healing, their deliverance, their sound mind can be given to the glory of Jesus. This is a powerful experience. It means that Jesus is not only kind and merciful, but also powerful enough to change our lives for the better.
If we see our experience of Jesus as something intellectual, then we will base our life in Jesus as arguments, convincing others that we are right and they are wrong. But the heart of Jesus is relationship: love, mercy and forgiveness from Him and from His people. To whittle Jesus down to the intellect is to make him far too small: a weak and petty thing.