The once popular notion that ontogeny recapitulated phylogeny, which claimed that embryos can predict future development, is no more scientifically valid but I see an interesting application of this to how we understand Jesus from the most basic “I never heard of Him” to the Kingdom-active life of a completely committed believer.
God’s people began ignorant
The apostles (disciples) were, just as we are, completely ignorant about who Jesus really was, and what his program and purpose on earth might be. They started out believing, because they were part and parcel of his activities, that he was a nice man with special God-given powers. When he died they scattered not because they were disloyal but because they thought he was like other men, the way any person who recognizes that his hero is dead and he needs to find another hero, another leader.