Luke 1:13-17 The Message (MSG)
13-15 But the angel reassured him, “Don’t fear, Zachariah. Your prayer has been heard. Elizabeth, your wife, will bear a son by you. You are to name him John. You’re going to leap like a gazelle for joy, and not only you—many will delight in his birth. He’ll achieve great stature with God.
15-17 “He’ll drink neither wine nor beer. He’ll be filled with the Holy Spirit from the moment he leaves his mother’s womb. He will turn many sons and daughters of Israel back to their God. He will herald God’s arrival in the style and strength of Elijah, soften the hearts of parents to children, and kindle devout understanding among hardened skeptics—he’ll get the people ready for God.”
Zachariah learns that God is going to bless them with a son and his name is to be John. This son would bring Joy and would be different. His life will bring clarity to those who are skeptics and point them towards God. John would help people know who Christ is.
That is the same responsibility that you and I have we to are to be in the practice of softening hearts and helping people understand who God is.