The way I've chosen to trace the narrative thread of this part of God's story has been to use six key words in the progression of Jesus' story mainly from the book of Matthew:
- BEGINNINGS (birth, baptism, test)
- INFLUENCE (call of first diesciples, early miracles/healings, beattitudes, etc.)
- MOVEMENT (sending of 12, then 72)
- CONTROVERSY (flashpoints with authorities - particularly Mt 12)
- IDENTITY (Jesus walks on water, Peter's proclamation, etc)
- PREPARATION (upper room discourse - mainly from John)
This makes me wonder about our approach to raising up disciples - whether we're preoccupied with ensuring young people are clear on the deity of Christ before we permit them to participate in the work of the kingdom (and perhaps experience the humanity of Christ).
That's not to say Jesus wasn't demonstrating His deity early in the story, but it seems like He was ok with them participating with Him before they truly "got" Him.