Jesus proves to be in a class by himself. Who else would send followers away? Conventional wisdom would keep whatever followers one could attract and build from them. Does this say anything about attractional models of ministry?
In Jesus' commentary on calming the storm, he connects lack of courage with lack of faith. If Jesus is on it, the ship will not sink!
After the demoniacs confront Jesus and are transformed. The city confronts Jesus and asks him to leave. They are more comfortable with demons than with Jesus! It appears that economics are driving their faith!