And the fact that he "started with perfection" (again, I disagree, but I'll grant it for the sake of argument) is beside the point. He blazed the trail for the rest of us to be perfect. That's what counts. And that's what makes it relevant to the rest of us human beings.
And, as you pointed out, he did so by doing one thing: explicitly following His Father's direction. Not by following an organized religion.
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."