I recall that quite some years ago, various news media reported that many celebrities went abroad to seek out spiritual gurus for guidance and fulfillment. Yet Jesus, being the Way, the Truth, and the Life, was completely overlooked. Was it because the pastures always look greener elsewhere? Or was it because Christ had been around too long at home and was not exotic enough for them? Perhaps they were looking for something less demanding and more palatable to their taste?
When I say Jesus is the shortcut, I mean he is right here in front of us, offering the instant and sure way to eternal life. You don't need to travel thousands of miles to find someone who is seeking the truth himself. Jesus preached away from his hometown area because local prophets were not appreciated for whatever reason, but let us not be blind and miss the greatest treasure shining before us.