His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit. He prophesied,
"Give praise to the Lord, the God of Israel! He has come and set his people free.
He has acted with great power and has saved us. He did it for those who are from the family line of his servant David.
Long ago holy prophets said he would do it.
He has saved us from our enemies. We are rescued from all who hate us.
He has been kind to our people. He has remembered his holy covenant.
He made an oath to our father Abraham.
He promised to save us from our enemies, so that we could serve him without fear.
He wants us to be holy and godly as long as we live.
"And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High God. You will go ahead of the Lord to prepare the way for him.
You will tell his people how they can be saved. You will tell them that their sins can be forgiven.
All of that will happen because our God is tender and caring. His kindness will bring the rising sun to us from heaven.
It will shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death. It will guide our feet on the path of peace."
The child grew up, and his spirit became strong. He lived in the desert until he appeared openly to Israel.