It doesn't seem reasonable, does it. But that 2,000 years is not a gap without reference to Jesus. We had the Gospels being referenced by many 2nd century writers. So we could re-phrase your point by 1,900 years or so. So would it be more reasonable to believe Jesus was who he said he was if he supposedly lived 100 years ago? That was the question the second century skeptics faced. But then we have the texts themselves, which reference the evangelism in the years just after Jesus' crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension; and how the Gospel met the resistance of skeptics. For example, read Acts 17:15-34. But then the texts even mention those contemporary with Jesus and the skepticism He Himself met. For example, read Mark 6:1-6.
Originally Posted by Rogue Scholar
So there isn't a period of time where at least some folks thought Jesus to make an unreasonable claim of Himself.
The Apostle Paul offered:
II Timothy 2:11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
What we resonably observe won't change the truth of the matter.
I Samuel 3:10 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.