Ibn Hazm (d 456 AH) said:
“As for the Christians, then there is no dispute among them or from other than them, that none believed in the Messiah (Jesus) while he was on earth except for one hundred and twenty people. And all those that believed in him used to conceal their faith in fear while he was on earth and after he was raised to the heavens.
They would invite others to his religion in secret, and no one openly called to his religion.
And no one openly practiced his religion, because all those caught doing so were executed.
They remained in this condition, not revealing their religion at all, and they had no safe haven to practice their religion for three hundred years after the Messiah Jesus was raised to the heavens. Peace be upon him.
During this time the Gospel (Injil) which was revealed by Allah was…
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