He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.” (Rev. 21:6)

WHEN PEOPLE REPEAT THEMSELVES—especially speakers—it usually lets you know that what they are saying is important. That’s the wisdom behind the old public speaking adage, “When you speak, be sure to tell them what you’re going to say. Then say it. Then wrap up by telling them what you said.” When words bear repeating, they hold weight and ought to be carefully considered. Repetition usually signals the core of the message.

So when Jesus is the speaker, and He repeats something, we know we’d better pay attention and consider the meaning of His words. As Jesus hung on the cross, making the way for us to have a restored, complete relationship with the Father, He uttered the words, “It is finished.” In today’s reading from Revelation, we hear Him say once again, “It is done” (v. 6). What He did affected not only history, but today and also the future that leads us into the new heaven and new earth.

The same applies to us. What we do today matters. How we live now affects today and also the future. Jesus brought life and light to the world. We can carry on His work and do the same. It is possible because what Jesus did accomplished all we need. It’s done!

Determine to bring some light to at least one person you encounter today.

Annie Wamberg is a recent empty-nester. She is enjoying the quiet as well as gardening and traveling.