Never existed. Not so far as the writers of the biblical text are concerned. Take, for example, Luke’s perception of Jesus as described by that fellow named John the Baptizer (in ch 3) :
7 John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 9 Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
10 And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” 11 In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” 12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13 He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” 14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”
15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16 John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you withe the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
Note in particular John’s no nonsense final statement:
His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.
Jesus comes bringing judgment. The hippy Jesus never existed. The real, the ‘Historical’ Jesus came to divide, to disunite, to rend asunder mothers from daughters and fathers from sons and husbands from wives: he came to force a choice. One either chooses God or one chooses judgment. There is no middle way, no other alternative.
This, the biblical Jesus, makes the emergents and the seekers exceedingly uncomfortable- to such an extent that they avoid such texts and urge others simply to embrace some facile and unbiblical pseudo-‘love’. Just ‘love God’ they cry (usually with real tears for emphasis). As if love for God weren’t something concrete and real and directed specifically TO God. As if loving a worm were the same thing as loving God.
For such souls the biblical truth that God is Love is contorted, twisted, and distorted to read ‘Love is God’. ‘Love’- or better their false view of real love- is turned into an idol worshiped and adored. But love apart from God and outside of God and without God is precisely that- an idol.
Flee the wishy-washy pseudo Jesus proclaimed by the idolaters. He never existed.