If the church is Jesus’ great legacy, you might think he would talk about it more. But don't make any unnecessary conclusions. Jesus talked about a new community forming around him. He just didn’t talk about it like Christian churches would after he was gone.
Who did Jesus talk like?
We can learn how to listen to Jesus by observing how he delivered his message. Pay attention to the details. Jesus' favorite topic was the “kingdom of God.” A third of his recorded sayings in the Gospels are in parables. He launched his ministry by picking a band of disciples to follow him. What do those details tell you? Only one category of teachers we know from Jewish history used parables constantly, focused on God's kingdom, and gathered disciples: Jewish rabbis.