Y'shua never cajoled or begged anyone to believe Him. He simply said, "Follow Me!" and moved on. (See Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; and Luke 9:23)
I saw in an anti-missionary thread recently where someone was
poking fun at Y'shua's comment, "Let the dead bury the dead" (Matthew
8:22) - and they insisted He was being "anti-Torah" which "proves" He
cannot be THE Messiah....
Well, the meaning is perfectly clear for those
who understand the whole of the Bible. Y'shua wasn't talking about
physically dead people; rather, spiritually dead. If someone is
spiritually dead, NOTHING you can say to them will matter, because they
don't and can't understand (1 Cor. 2:14).
In other words, "leave those
people alone and move on. Don't waste your time because they don't want
to hear what you have to say." Matthew 7:6 tells us: "Do not give
what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they
will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces."