Saturday, December 11, 2010

CHRISTmas Countdown 11: Christmas Movies

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

For my family, Christmas Eve is almost synonymous with Christmas movies since watching a movie that relates to Christmas is always a part of our celebration before the Noche Buena.

So today,I bought a DVD entitled "Stories of Christmas" from the LDS Manila Distribution Center. It has four stories which relates to Christmas namely Mr. Krueger's Christmas, Nora's Christmas Gift, The Nativity and the "The Story of the Other Wise Man".

Because we have lots of kids during the Christmas Family Home Evening, I think that the "The Story of the Other Wise Man" would be great since it is animated. After my preview though, I knew that not only the kids will learn from the less than 24 minutes clip, but adults will love this as well because it is a story of pursuing success and finding a life full of purpose.

"Based on a story by Henry Van Dyke, there was a fourth wise man named Artaban, a Magi from Persia who forsees the birth of Jesus and wants to meet his friends, the other three wise men, and seek Jesus.

Artaban has sold all his riches to purchase a few fine jewels to present to the new king to be born - sapphire,ruby and pearl. None of the other magi from his group will journey with him to meet the other three.

Artaban, is distracted during a rest stop by a beggar who needs help. After the delay, he arrives at the meeting point only to realize the others have left without him. He has run out of money and sells a jewel to buy the means to follow them across the desert.

While in Bethlehem, Artaban bribes with yet another jewel to spare a baby from Herod’s killing spree. Then he travels from Bethlehem to Egypt and back to Israel in search of Jesus for his lifetime helping people on his way.

Finally, after decades of search, Artaban has one last chance to see Jesus before he dies. Again, he is too late as Jesus has been arrested before he arrives. He’s down to his last pearl but a woman begs for help to save her from slavery as payment for her father's debt. He gave his pearl to her.

After years of searching, Artaban finds Jesus Christ, but he has no gifts left to give Him. He is comforted to learn that "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,ye have done it unto me" (Matthew 25:40)".

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