Reader 1: Luke 2:41-52
Reader 2: Now every year his parents
Reader 3: Whose parents?
Reader 4: Jesus’ parents
Reader 3: Right, Jesus
Reader 2: Every year Jesus’ parents went to
Reader 5: For the festival of the Passover
Reader 1: Cool. I love festivals!
Reader 3: Party time!
Reader 4: Rides, games, and cotton candy!
Reader 2: No, not that kind of festival
Reader 5: This is much more serious business
Reader 1: A time to remember the Jews deliverance
Reader 2: And when he was 12 years old
Reader 3: Hey, that’s about my age!
Reader 4: He was probably in seventh grade
Reader 2: When he was 12 years old they went up as
usual for the festival
Reader 5: Same old festival
Reader 2: When the festival was ended and they
started to return
Reader 3: Party’s over!
Reader 2: The boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem
Reader 5: But his parents did not know it
Readers 1, 2, 4: (make ominous music sound: "dum
dum dum dum ….. dum dum dum dum)
Reader 3: What do you mean, he stayed behind?
Reader 1: A 12 year old in a city?
Reader 4: Sounds like a movie! Home Alone 3: Lost
Reader 5: My parents would freak!
Reader 3: How could they not know?
Reader 2: Assuming that Jesus was in the group of
Reader 1: Lost in the crowd
Reader 3: Hanging with his friends
Reader 2: They went a day’s journey
Reader 4: Traveling on foot and donkey takes
Reader 2: Then, they started to look for him among
their relatives and friends
Reader 5: Must have been quite a crowd!
Reader 2: When they did not find Jesus
Reader 3: Did they put his face on milk cartons?
Reader 4: Did they hang his picture at the post
Reader 1: Did they call the local police?
Readers 2 and 5: (Buzzer sound) Wrong!
Reader 2: When they did not find him
Reader 5: They returned to Jerusalem to search for
Reader 3: Another day’s journey back
Reader 2: After three days they found Jesus in the
Reader 4: His parents must have been furious!
Reader 3: I wonder if they grounded him …
Reader 1: Why was he in the temple?
Reader 2: They found Jesus in the temple
Reader 5: Sitting among the teachers
Reader 2: Listening to them
Reader 5: And asking them questions
Reader 3: But he was only 12!
Reader 4: Just a boy … questioning the teachers.
Reader 5: He was only 12.
Readers 1, 2, 3, 4: Wow!
Reader 2: And all who heard him were amazed at his
understanding and his answers
Reader 5: Of course, Jesus was smart.
Reader 3: Probably made the honor roll
Reader 2: When his parents saw him they were
Reader 1: Astonished
Reader 3: Amazed
Reader 4: Relieved
Reader 5: Angry
Reader 1: Happy
Readers 3, 4, 5: All at the same time
Reader 2: And his mother said to him,
Reader 5: "Child, why have you treated us
like this? Look, your father and I have been
searching for you in great anxiety."
Reader 1: They were scared.
Reader 3: Do you hug him or ground him?
Reader 4: They were relieved.
Reader 3: Would he try this again?
Reader 2: But then he said
Reader 5: "Why were you searching for me? Did
you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?"
Readers 1, 2, 4: Huh?
Reader 3: Come again?
Reader 5: The house of God.
Readers 1, 2, 3, 4: Of course!
Reader 2: But they did not understand what he said
Reader 3: Clueless.
Reader 5: One day they’ll get it.
Reader 2: Then he went down with them to Nazareth,
Reader 1: And was obedient to them.
Reader 2: His mother treasured all these things in
Readers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5: And Jesus increased in
wisdom and in years, and in divine and human