“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”
Why is this a revolutionary agenda? Because it announces that God is on the side of the little people — people with issues — people on the hurting side of life, those left holding the short end of the stick. Since when are we championing the poor, the captives, the blind and the oppressed? Since Jesus came.
Notice that the prophecy doesn’t say that Jesus came for everybody, including these people, lest they be forgotten. Nor does it say He came especially for these people lest they be overlooked. No, it says He came for these people, and no one else is mentioned or even implied.
Does that mean that if you don’t find yourself on this list, Jesus didn’t come for you? No, but it means you better see yourself on this list if you want to know Him. You need to see yourself as not above any of these. That is why Matthew spiritualized these classifications so that those on better economic footing could nonetheless grasp their spiritual poverty, though it might be harder for them because they can be blinded by their wealth. The Pharisees would certainly not have seen themselves on this list. Their spiritual pride would have forbid them from identifying with any of this poverty, blindness and especially oppression, since they were the ones doing the oppressing.
Poverty of soul, blindness to the truth, captive by sin and oppressed by the devil. There isn’t anyone who doesn’t belong on this list except for those who think they don’t, in which case, Jesus did not come for them anyway.