Jesus' popularity wanes in various generations. It helps to compare it to Barabbas. Jesus was rejected by the people, deemed a loser/outcast/unpopular, and he came to greater glory and he is preserved in history, while Barabbas is forgotten. Ironic. The Beatles said they were more popular than Jesus, but if there's any truth to the statement, it only causes a more dynamic upswing to Jesus' glory later on.