Today we think especially of the son of men who, out of love for us, gave himself to death.
No one has love greater than this, that someone should surrender his life in behalf of his friends.—John 15:13.
“The law of the Christ” is built on the best possible foundation — love. (Gal. 6:2) Jesus was motivated by love in everything he did. Pity, or tender compassion, is an expression of love. Moved by such pity, Jesus taught the crowds, healed the sick, fed the hungry, and raised the dead. (Matt. 14:14; 15:32-38; Mark 6:34; Luke 7:11-15)
Jesus willingly put the needs of others ahead of his own. Above all, he showed great love by surrendering his life in behalf of others.
We can imitate Jesus by putting the needs of others ahead of our own. We can also imitate him by cultivating tender compassion for people in our territory. When such compassion moves us to preach and teach the good news, we are obeying the law of the Christ.