People did Not recognize Jesus or His followers for their legalistic observance – they had that in “the teachers of the law” and the “Pharisees!”
People recognized Jesus because of His Light of Love! His Light of Love that reattached the ear of His enemy who would soon be placing Him on the cross! His Light of Love that healed a man’s withered hand even though it was Sabbath! His Light of Love that didn’t care about appearances and checking off the boxes of legalistic doing but rather going to the outcast and needy and letting them know GOD IS LOVE!
“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
Even today His followers will not be recognizable by religious standards – Only by His standard, “Love one another as I have Loved you and thus fulfill All the law and the prophets!”
Light of Love!