Read Luke 2:1-40
I imagine that from their perspective, nothing was as it should have been. Nowhere near home or its comforts, not to mention the first-time mother’s mother who could have helped her through the labor. You know, given her pointers, helped her remember to breathe. Joseph and Mary hadn’t even consummated their marriage yet and here they were birthing a child together, the Son of God, without even a bed or a room with walls. No receiving blankets or experienced hands to guide the baby out of the birth canal and welcome Him into the world. Just a stinky barn and a feeding trough. The life of Jesus Christ broke every mold starting from before His arrival. Joseph and Mary had no idea the molds He would continue to break.
That night broke the mold for those shepherds as well. They’d shown up for what they probably expected to be another boring night of sheep-watching. Perhaps they’d grown to expect the occasional wandering sheep and the usual sleepiness that would hit just before that first hint of dawn. But this night, the night that God showed up on earth, changed their worlds, and the whole world, forever. I imagine that for them, every night after that was a new adventure, recounting the angel-choir, re-telling the story countless times. Their unending glory and praise to God for the things He had allowed them to witness and be part of. I’ll bet that never got old.
The coming of the Savior, Jesus Christ, changed life for Simeon and Anna, too. Two Spirit-led people who had waited for this day for all or most of their lives. Promised by the Spirit that they would get to meet Him, they each went to the temple and prophesied concerning the Son of God, the baby Jesus. Yes, that was a day to break the normal mold for sure.
The Son of God came to earth to shatter the mold of life as mankind had known it. He planned it long before that first labor pang, too. God became man and changed history forever so that mankind could know Him. So that we could know His way and live. And what mankind thought he knew about how things should work, about what God was really like, was cleared up by the One called the Way, the Truth, the Life. And now we can know God Himself and live in truth according to the real way. According to The Way. Jesus Christ.