Although the Greek word is the same for the "guest-chamber" at Jerusalem, where the Breaking of the Bread was instituted, and the 'inn" at Bethlehem, where Mary and Joseph sought residence, the reception was certainly different. There was a welcome for the Master and His twelve disciples at the one; but there was refusal for Joseph, Mary and the expected Child, at the other.There was a large upper room fully furnished at the house of welcome in Jerusalem, and the disciples were able to make ready those things which were to speak of His death. "And they ... found as He had said ... and they made ready (Luke 22:13). But there was no room at the inn, no guest-chamber, and the family chosen to introduce to the world the Son of God from heaven, were relegated to a cattle shed. "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" (Luke 2:7). It was in such a place that Mary had to make ready for His birth.What a contrast with the place where the disciples made ready with those things relating to His death! The Babe was seen by the shepherds lying in the very crib where the fodder was put to feed the animals. What must their thoughts have been at such a sight? What place was this for a Saviour, an anointed Lord? Their reassurance was in the angelic message, "And this will be sign to you, you will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger" (Luke 2:12).
What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you - guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
2 Timothy 1:13-14