Many have tried to report on the things that happened among us.
They have written the same things that we learned from others -- the people who saw those things from the beginning and served God by telling people his message.
Since I myself have studied everything carefully from the beginning, most excellentn Theophilus, it seemed good for me to write it out for you. I arranged it in order
to help you know that what you have been taught is true.
During the time Herod ruled Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah who belonged to Abijah's group. Zechariah's wife, Elizabeth, came from the family of Aaron.
Zechariah and Elizabeth truly did what God said was good. They did everything the Lord commanded and were without fault in keeping his law.
But they had no children, because Elizabeth could not have a baby, and both of them were very old.
One day Zechariah was serving as a priest before God, because his group was on duty.
According to the custom of the priests, he was chosen by lot to go into the Temple of the Lord and burn incense.
There were a great many people outside praying at the time the incense was offered.