Skip to Content

What You Didn’t Know About Baby Jesus’ Swaddling Clothes

What You Didn’t Know About Baby Jesus’ Swaddling Clothes

You’ve read or heard the verses in Luke 2 about the Savior’s birth a thousand times. You’ve also heard the term “swaddling clothes” just as many. But today you’ll learn some details you perhaps never knew before. Luke 2:7 tells of Mary and the manner in which she cared for the baby Jesus as a newborn babe:

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now here’s where things get really interesting.

portraits of jesus

Shepherds Told of Swaddling Clothes “Sign”

When the angel Gabriel appeared to the shepherds in the field, he declared Christ‘s birth to them and he gave them a sign. And what was that sign? Luke 2:9-12 reads

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

For the shepherds, there was great significance in finding the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes. See, these weren’t just any shepherds. They were Levitical shepherds. And the sheep? They weren’t just any sheep. They were sheep that were being raised to be offered as sacrifices in the temple. 

What the Sign Meant

Rabbi Jason Sobel goes into great detail in the video below about who these shepherds were, what their role was, and why swaddling clothes was a sign that would hold great meaning for them.

This is a video you will not want to miss. You’ll never hear the term “swaddling clothes” the same way again. (The first minute he talks about The Chosen,  but the last minute he brings you the golden nugget!)

Click the Facebook link to watch the video > https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1520113641357563

swaddling clothes

General Conference Memes That Every Latter-day Saint Can Relate To
← Previous
Homeless Woman Given Stack of Gift Cards - See What She Does
Next →

Kenny Mazzanti

Saturday 14th of December 2019

Another thought about "swaddling" clothes from a BYU scholar.

https://www.byunewtestamentcommentary.com/what-on-earth-are-swaddling-clothes/

Saturday 14th of December 2019

It would be nice is you shared information about the tower of the flock where the temple lambs would be brought to give birth

Ben Arkell

Monday 16th of December 2019

I don't know much about that, any source?

cmflash

Thursday 12th of December 2019

As I understand it, the reason the shepherds were in the fields at night (normally they would go home at night) was to identify the first born male sheep born without blemish. And that is why the angels told THEM first to go find the baby. They had to identify Him as the firstborn male Lamb of God. Born without blemish. Cool to remember the Savior's actual birthday being April 6th. That fits right in with Passover time, when all this would be happening. I had not known Bethlehem meant City of Bread. That really adds to everything testifying of Christ. Awesome!

Ben Arkell

Monday 16th of December 2019

Yeah, there are so many incredible symbols with his birth that add some much meaning to it all!

cmdlash

Thursday 12th of December 2019

As I understand it, the reason the shepherds were in the fields at night (normally they would go home at night) was to identify the first born male sheep born without blemish. And that is why the angels told THEM first to go find the baby. They had to identify Him as the firstborn male Lamb of God. Born without blemish. Cool to remember the Savior's actual birthday being April 6th. That fits right in with Passover time, when all this would be happening. I had not known Bethlehem meant City of Bread. That really adds to everything testifying of Christ. Awesome!

Justin

Friday 18th of January 2019

Sounds good! Where is the source for this information?

The Rabbi speaking is a Jew right? I thought they didn't believe the Messiah was born yet?

Louene Perry

Monday 7th of December 2020

@Justin, See this video...Jason Sobel is a Messianic Rabbi--- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H74Noq8Uqg

Ben Arkell

Monday 21st of January 2019

The only source I have for that is that FB video. Sorry.

shares