The reality of the new creation is the impact of Jesus into the margins, and fringe of humanity. After his departure is a profound impression of life. What is left is a crater of divine eternal redemptive imagination. In this crater, is the reality, the mystery of what it is to be God in the world.
When all that remains is the impression, the only way we can reveal " Jesus " is to press into the midst of humanity; its poverty, it's injustice and it's brokenness. Jesus absence is filled with our engagement, the same way you would restore a hole by pouring in plaster. It is the same, the plaster, being our lives.
As we restore injustice we fill the impact of Jesus in the world. The more we fill this mysterious crater, the more the world sees Jesus, and the redemptive imagination of this Kingdom he dreamed, and lived in. The crater is as much the shape as what is poured into it. In essence the two become one, indistinguishable.
The reality of mission is the " point of impact. We only become Jesus in the world to the extent that we fill the impression he left in the margins, and the fringe of humanity.
We can spend a lot of time and effort trying convince people there was an impact...or we can live like there was, filling the impression it left. Mysteriously, when one sees...it takes less convincing.
The gospels are the circumference, and the depth of the impression left by the impact, the crater. The extent that we live out the profound mysterious truth of all that the gospels are...is the extent we fill it,revealing Jesus, and the Kingdom.