In Luke 4, Jesus declared the coming of a jubilee kingdom; a kingdom marked by liberty for captives and a prioritizing of gospel proclamation to the poor and oppressed.
This infusion of kingdom expectation with the heart of jubilee was verified by Jesus himself when John’s disciples approached him in Luke 7:
When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’ ”
21 At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. 22 So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 23 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
The typical pop-evangelical response has been to only-spiritualize this passage, taking Jesus to mean that he was referencing the spiritually deaf, blind, and poor.