The earliest written gospel is that of Mark. The first word out of Jesus’ mouth in this gospel is the Greek word … “Kairos”.
“The time has come, and the Kingdom of God is close at hand.” (Mark 1:15)
In Greek there are two words for time: Cronos and Kairos. “Cronos” means the time on a clock, the day on the calendar. “Kairos” means the important time, the time that is filled with meaning and power, the time that changes everything.
Examples of Kairos time are … the birth of a child …when you fell in love … when someone very close to you died …when you understood for the first time what you were going to do with your life …
These are times like no other. The day of the week or the time on the clock is irrelevant. But, the time when these things happen affect one’s life in such a way that life is never the same.
Jesus’ first words are calling us to this time in Him. It's as if Jesus is saying, “God’s time has come. The moment has arrived - the privileged time – the time not to be missed!”
What humans have been longing for, striving after and hoping to see has indeed appeared and now is the time for a decision, for action.
Jesus’ very first words are a wake-up call, a warning bell in the night, a summons to attention. This is not the time to be asleep, not the time to languish in complacency and self-satisfaction, not the time for delaying tactics, for procrastination and second guessing. No, now is the time to respond.
What is it we are not to miss? What is it that has come? What is so important?