It took me a few minutes, but I think I figured out why Laurie Aaron Hird chose this next block, “Hand”, to accompany the Bible passage.
The passage relates how the voice from Heaven, along with the Spirit descending like a dove, completed the Trinity’s attendance at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. So, hand?
The passage continues with how Jesus went on to forty days of temptation, and John the Baptist went on to be imprisoned. After which, Jesus began His public ministry with these words in verse 15: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe in the gospel”.
There it is, the “hand” reference. In this case, “at hand” means “near”, or more accurately, “here” as in, “You’re looking at Him right now”.
The “time” that is “fulfilled”? That’s all the words of the prophets that have foretold the work and person of Jesus Christ, Who is the first, the last, and everything in between.
What does that mean for us? It means the time is now. It’s time to just do it. Do what? Do what Jesus said, “Repent and believe in the gospel”. He did an amazing thing, the most amazing feat of all, overcoming sin, death, and the power of the devil. Why? So that nothing could stand between us and God ever again. That’s the gospel. What are we waiting for?