These were more than just simple shepherds; according to the prophet Alma, they were “just and holy men” (Alma 13:26).
This phrase appears frequently in the scriptures and often refers to an “outward and visible manifestation of the Divine presence” (Bible Dictionary, “Glory of the Lord”).
The Greek root for this phrase is the same as the one for gospel, which means “good news,” specifically the news that Christ has come to earth as the Savior of the world.
“Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God. He is the great King Immanuel, who stands today on the right hand of His Father. He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come. God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son.”
“The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” Ensign, Apr. 2000, 3.
Narrow strips of cloth wrapped around a baby to restrict movement.
An open box in which feed is placed for cattle to eat.
At the birth of Jesus Christ, a multitude of angels praised God for the gift of His Son. How can you show thanks to Heavenly Father for the Savior? Here are just a few ideas:
Thank Heavenly Father in your prayers, both in public and in private.
Bear testimony of Christ in your home, in testimony meetings, and at other times when prompted by the Spirit.
Follow Christ’s example by serving others.
Record your spiritual experiences and write about your feelings regarding Christ in your journal.
Share Christ’s gospel with others.
Sing or play the hymns about Christ and try to feel and express their true meaning.