The dirty manger where the Messiah, Jesus Christ, was born and his humble upbringing is the true message of Christmas.
It is about love for one another and humility.
That’s what Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said in wishing Samoa and the rest of the world a Merry Christmas.
The Prime Minister said occasions like Christmas, which will be celebrated in Samoa tomorrow, are opportunities to sit back, reflect and appreciate God’s gift to mankind.
He added that such holidays are about families and spending time with people that matter the most.
Tuilaepa said the birth of Jesus Christ was a miracle.
“He left the heavens to come to this earth in human form. He was born in a manger, the ugliest and dirtiest place of them all. His birth place sends a strong message to all of us about the importance of staying humble,” he said.
“We should take the lead and follow his example to be humble."
“There are times when we are tempted by the devil and we easily forget this important example."
“As we are near Christmas, I urge everyone to remember his examples, stay humble.”
Prime Minister Tuilaepa, who is a staunch Catholic, reminded that Christmas is about Jesus Christ who fulfilled God’s purpose and love for the world.
“If it was not for the sin of our first parents (because without sin) there wouldn’t be a Christmas,” he said. “If they didn’t sin, there would be no deaths and we would be living life happily ever after. But because of the sin of man, we are suffering the consequences as a result of the action of our first parents.”
Tuilaepa then wished Samoa a very merry Christmas.
During his weekly press conference, Tuilaepa urged families to use the opportunity wisely to spend quality time with each other. He urged everyone to exercise caution and be aware of small frictions that could lead to divisions within families and communities.
The Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali'ifano Va'aletoa Sualauvi II will deliver his Christmas address tonight.