Christmas Stories – 25 Days of Christmas – Dec. 25

The Other Wise Man

by Henry Van Dyke

The other wise man’s name was Artaban.  He was one of the Magi and he lived in Persia.  He was a man of great wealth, great learning, and great faith.  With his learned companions he had searched the scriptures as to the time that the Savior should be born.  They knew that a new star would appear and it was agreed between them that Artaban would watch from Persia and the others would observe the sky from Babylon.

On the night he believed the sign was to be given, Artaban went out on this roof to watch the night sky.  “If the star appears, they will wait for me ten days, then we will all set out for Jerusalem.  I have made ready for the journey by selling all of my possessions and have bought three jewels–a sapphire, a ruby, and a pearl.  I intend to present them as my tribute to the king.”

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