Virtue means valor and moral excellence. It’s chief characteristic is that it promotes individual well-being as well as the collective well-being of others. Virtue operates through love, for Christ said that love is the fulfilling of the Law. There has not been one who has walked upon the face of this earth who has been more virtuous than Jesus Christ. He forsook his majesty and left the grandeur of heaven to be wrapped in human flesh and take upon himself the form of a servant. His virtue and valor led Him to humble himself to become obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
The Prophet Isaiah described Christ’s virtue in chapter 53, verses 7-9. “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.”
Christ’s care and concern for the well-being of all mankind, including you and me, was so great that oppression and affliction were unable to move Him to abandon the virtue expressed through His love and care for us. He heaped no words of praise upon Himself for his unfathomable sacrifice and no call for laud or honor for his sufferings was ever uttered. He offered no rebuttal for the injustices He was suffering! Yet with unwavering and unmatched virtue, He yielded willingly to being stricken; not for His transgressions, but for ours. O, what virtue! O, what valor! O, what care for all of mankind’s well-being!
The Apostle Paul exhorted us to be Christ-like. He said in Philippians 2:5, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Jesus had a mindset that was focused on the needs of others, and especially so, in regard to their spiritual needs. His selfless attitude was made manifest over and over again as He laid aside even His needed rest in order to minister to the needs of people.