that he would save us from the power of our enemies so we could serve him without fear,
being holy and good before God as long as we live.
"Now you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High God. You will go before the Lord to prepare his way.
You will make his people know that they will be saved by having their sins forgiven.
With the loving mercy of our God, a new day from heaven will dawn upon us.
It will shine on those who live in darkness, in the shadow of death. It will guide us into the path of peace."
And so the child grew up and became strong in spirit. John lived in the desert until the time when he came out to preach to Israel.