The first word of Christ ...
If we accept Markan Primacy, then the first words of Christ recorded in the bible are as follows:
“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!"
What a truly, truly wonderful thought.
I have an idea. Let's preach this: The time has come. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent, and believe the good news. :-D