NCE again, we are in a chapter which covers more territory than we can possibly expound in this setting. Let's shoot at what we can though. First off, in addition to the 12 apostles, Christ commissioned 70 other disciples to minister in His name throughout the cities of Israel. Like John the Baptist, these men were sent out to prepare the people for the arrival of the Messiah. He planned to come right behind them. He sent them as His representatives and with His power. He sent 70, but more were needed (Luke 10:2). He sent them as lambs among wolves (Luke 10:3). He sent them out to speak words of peace (Luke 10:5). He sent them to proclaim the nearness of the kingdom.
We are also ambassadors for Christ. And, what a great responsibility and privilege this assignment is! Notice the weight of the commission of Luke 10:16, "He that hears you hears Me; and he that despises you despises Me; and he that despises Me despises Him that sent Me." Wow! That's a heavy seal of approval. This should encourage and inspire us to aspire for excellence in faithful ministry. We are ordained as His ministers, bearing the words of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19). Through Him, we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). The Son of God has all authority and power, and through His Spirit He has infused us with that same authority and power. Satan has fallen and is no match for us (if we are moving forward in the name of the Lord - Luke 10:18-19).