I think he was a real man, a saint? And possibly was crucified because that was actually a very common punishment under the Roman's.
But everything else seems to be added later on they made him into something that he was not. The whole virgin birth, him being god in human form, the wise men following the star everything.
Christianity was created by the powerful church fathers and they made jesus into a God, and crafted his image, the virgin birth etc this god jesus has nothing to do with the real man that possible once lived and preached. The god jesus was sketched by the powerful priests. I guess the creation of this religion by them was for political gain.
And later the Roman's made christianity into the state religion, which gave Christianity the kind of power and influence that no religion has ever seen.
This is when mary the mother of jesus was made into a goddess, she just replaced the goddesses that the romans/pagans used to worship. Same idols, rituals but a new name mary.
Imo christianity is the biggest and most successful business venture ever!
Just look at the vatican to this day!
in the history of the world it has always been the case that pandemics or epidemics of diseases are blamed not on own people and lack of hygiene but some 'magical' other group , in syphilis which existed in the old world it was blamed on the new world, spanish flu was never spanish etc etc. That is what I meant by propagandised journey , first this was because of bat soup, then pangollins then something else ad nauseum .