- September 6, 2017
Going Without Jesus
- by: Os Hillman
- March 3, 2023
“After the Feast was over, while his parents were
returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they
were unaware of it” (Luke 2:43).
Bob and Janice had five kids. When they go on any trip,
Benjamin, the youngest, always sleeps under the seat in their mini
van. In the rush of preparing for their visit to the grocery store
and getting the other kids situated, they failed to pick up
Benjamin, who was standing outside at the other end of the store.
As they proceeded down the road, they assumed that Benjamin was
quietly sleeping in his normal place under the seat in the back of
Meanwhile, about an hour later, young Benjamin was wondering
why his parents had not picked him up. He went back into the store
and told the manager his plight. The manager called the police.
The young boy was eventually picked up by a policeman.
Mary and Joseph traveled to Jerusalem for the Feast of the
Passover. Jesus was 12-years old. They were evidently very
distracted by the excitement and business of the Feast. In fact,
Mary and Joseph began their return trip to Nazareth only to
realize well into the trip that Jesus was not with them. It would
be three days before they would be reunited with their 12-year-old
son. It caused quite a scare for Mary and Joseph, and they
reprimanded Jesus for “wandering” off.
As a parent, I find this story truly amazing. How can parents
of the Son of God not know their son is not in their presence?
Yet, this story illustrates how each of us can become so busy that
we continue to operate not realizing Jesus is no longer with us.
We can walk away from fellowship with Jesus. Do not let this
happen to you. He longs to have daily fellowship with you because
He loves you. Today, ask yourself if Jesus is accompanying you in
your daily activities. He desires to walk with you each and every