Jesus is speaking to the 70 whom He had sent out into the cities where He Himself was about to go (Luke 10:1). He had commanded them to take no provisions for their journey and to heal the sick in the cities that received them in peace. These disciples experienced mind-blowing levels of God’s power as they experienced God providing for their physical needs while being used by Him to heal the sick. Now they have returned with joy to report all that they experienced, including the fact that they held power over demons.
Jesus knew they were blessed to have seen and experienced these things (Luke 10:23). However in our verse today, He wants to remind them of the eternal purpose of His ministry which is the salvation that is made available to all through His blood which He shed for us on the cross. God’s desire is for fellowship with all of mankind and that they spend eternity with Him. He calls all to repentance, not wanting that any should perish (2 Peter 2:9). As the Church, we are ministers of Christ and are part of Jesus’ “long game” to reach the lost in order to change their eternal destiny. Lord, may we be ever mindful of eternity as we share the hope of eternal life in Jesus to those around us.