Luke 1:5-25, part 2

The historical narrative of God's message to Zechariah through Gabriel gives prominence to the nature and purpose of the calling of John, who will play such a pivotal role as the forerunner of the Messiah. What we learn of John's calling, in turn, reveals to us the heart of God's saving work in creating a people for himself, a work which he accomplishes through repentance and faith.