In my philosophy class, we've been talking a lot about Socrates. Recently, reading the forums, where Jesus is mentioned, I've found a lot of similarities between the two:
Both were ugly. Socrates was known for having a lazy eye and a pug nose. Many Athenians called him a monster and wondered how someone as ugly as him could be such a skilled speaker. There is a verse in the bible that says that Jesus looked undesirable as well.
Both were able to gather crowds. When Socrates went to the market place to pick on someone, he drew a croud of people who all listened to him rip the poor bastard apart. Jesus was able to gather crowds when he preached.
Both had followers. Socrates had many friends and "students" (he didn't consider himself a teacher and he never charged anyone because he didn't believe he was providing a service) who were with him at his final lecture in the prison (aside from Plato who was ill at the time). Jesus had apostles (who were not charged either), who were with him at his last supper.
Both were revolutionaries. Socrates' method of asking questions and then putting down arguments was something none of the pre-Socrates are known for doing. Jesus' teachings went against a lot of what the Jewish authorities preached from the Torah.
Both considered themselves a tool of the god(s). When Socrates was charged, he went to see the oracle (a mouthpiece for the gods), who told him that he was the wisest man in all of Athens. He eventually figured that this meant that his purpose was to stimulate Athens through the use of his method. Jesus considered himself the Messiah, who was to save the Jews from damnation, he was the final lamb to be sacrificed to save everyone.
Both were considered dangerous. Socrates was charged at age seventy for corrupting the youth of Athens. When the youth saw him in the market place, they decided to try questioning their fathers in the same way, which pissed them off. The Jewish authorities considered Jesus' influence on the lower class to be dangerous to the well being of their own influence.
Both were unfairly put to death. The jury for Socrates voted to put him to death, even after he successfully (imo) argued against all three of his charges. Jesus was put to death for blasphemy by Pontius Pilate under the pressure of the Jewish authorities.
Both willingly accepted death. Socrates was on death row for a long time and he had many rich friends who offered to bribe the prison guard. There were also towns that were willing to accept Socrates and let him continue to practice philosophy. He refused though because he felt that running away would truly be setting a bad example for the youth of Athens because it's not honourable to run away from your problems. Jesus eventually accepted that he had to die in order to save humanity from damnation because he was the Messiah.