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THEKID   4'3m1f Twelve-year-old Jesus predicts Palm Sunday

JOSEPH - (enters crosses almost to far exit)

MARY --- (enters, follows) Joseph, it's almost time to stop for 
lunch. Have you seen Jesus?

JOSEPH - No I haven't. But this is a big crowd, Mary. I'm sure 
he's walking with the other kids back there somewhere. (points 
back)

MARY --- You know, I haven't seen him since we left Jerusalem.

JOSEPH - Come to think of it, neither have I. You don't 
suppose...

MARY --- Joseph, I'm worried. Let's go back and get him. (turns)

JOSEPH - I'm worried too, Mary. Let's go. (turns leads)

MARY --- Jerusalem is a big city. Where will we look?

JOSEPH - Well, the last time I saw him, he was standing in the 
the temple, talking to the elders.

(both return to exit)

MORRIS - (enters opposite, speaks to audience) Gentlemen of 
Jerusalem, the Prophet Daniel prophecied that the messiah of God 
would triumphantly ride into Jerusalem in 69 sevens of years 
from the time of the proclamation to rebuild Jerusalem. 
According to my calculations, that means that the Messiah will 
come to earth in just 18 years.

JESUS -- (12 years old, enters, approaches) Excuse me, sir, but 
the Messiah is already on earth.

MORRIS - Buzz off kid, I'm expounding here.

JESUS -- I don't mean to disagree with you, sir, but...

MORRIS - Look, you little juvenile delinquent, according to the 
the prophet Daniel, the Messiah will ride triumphantly into 
Jerusalem in 18 years. Now, I don't suppose you're old enough to 
be able to calculate a date like that.

JESUS -- Well, Daniel is correct, sir. The Messiah will ride 
into Jerusalem in just 18 years on the first day of the feast of 
unleavened bread.

MORRIS - Unleavened bread. Oh, yeah. (clears throat) I knew 
that. So, little kid, why don't you go outside and play.

JESUS -- Well, what I wanted to explain is that the Messiah is 
already on earth.

MORRIS - Now, wait a minute, you just said...

JESUS -- I said that the messiah would ride into town on the 
first day of the feast of unleavened in 18 years. But, he was 
born twelve years ago.

MORRIS - You're full of beans, kid, you don't know what you're 
talking about. The Messiah won't be born, he'll just come down 
from heaven. (giggles, aside) This kid...

JESUS -- Then, how do you explain what the prophet Isaiah said.

MORRIS - Isaiah?

JESUS -- Yes, he said, "to us a child is born, to us a son is 
given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will 
be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, 
Prince of Peace. 

MORRIS - Show off.

JESUS -- Well?

MORRIS - Alright, so it looks like the messiah is born as a 
baby. So?

JESUS -- So, if he waits until he is at least the age of a 
priest before he rides into town, he'll be at least 30 years 
old...

MORRIS - I know all about the age of a priest, kid. I'm from the 
line of Aaron. My whole family is priests.

JESUS -- Yes, but what I was trying to point out was, if he'll 
be at least 30 years old when he rides into town in 18 years, 
it means he's already alive.

MORRIS - Really?! (clears throat) I mean, ah, that means he's 
probably one of us here in this temple. (motions broadly to 
audience)

JESUS -- Yes, he is. One of us.

MORRIS - Well! Maybe it's me!

JESUS -- No, it's not you.

MORRIS - You little rug rat! What do you know about it? I'm a 
a priest in the line of Aaron. Who would be a better Messiah 
than me?

JESUS -- I mean no disrespect, sir... but the prophet Isaiah 
says that the Messiah will be from the line of David, not from 
Aaron.

MORRIS - Oh. 

JESUS -- Are you from the line of David?

MORRIS - (aside) ...little brat...

JESUS -- The messiah was born in the city of David as the
prophet Micah predicted.

MORRIS - Hey, Seymour lives in Bethlehem! (points to back of
audience) Maybe, Seymour is the Messiah.

JESUS -- No.

MORRIS - How do you know?

JESUS -- The messiah was BORN in the city of David. Seymour was 
born in Jericho. 

MARY --- (enters) Oh, there he is.

JOSEPH - (enters, leads, crosses) Jesus, we were worried about 
you!

JESUS -- Oh, sorry, Dad. Sorry, Mom. I didn't mean to make you 
worry.

JOSEPH - We were half way home when we noticed that you weren't 
with our group.

MARY --- What were you doing here, son?

(Mary, Joseph and Jesus exit, conversing silently)

MORRIS - He was getting under foot. (laughs, speaks to audience) 
He just told us that my friend Seymour here couldn't possibly be 
the Messiah because he was born in Jericho. (laughs) Have you 
ever heard of anything so stupid? Everybody knows that Seymour 
lives in Bethlehem. You were BORN in Bethlehem, weren't you 
Seymour? No? Say, kid, how you know... Hey, where did he go? 
(shrugs, exits)


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