Yes, the context is love.
Everything in and through Jesus is love.
Maybe you overlook the point I made (the law still in affect but through Jesus, through his flesh Eph 2:15).

You take a big step saying, “since the Pharisees would do the very same thing you are implying, obeying certain parts of the law to make it possible”.

First, I am implying no such thing. Nor did I in anything that I said.
Show me where I did.

Maybe you overlook
Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
We Establish the law.

Jesus is the fulfillment of the law.
Not Calvary.
Jesus fulfilled it, Calvary removed the “ordinances” of the law.
The law was added for conscience sake (back up from your Heb 9:16 reference and read this one in context)
Hebrews 9:9
Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
The conscience***.

The same conscience that is still on us according to Romans 14:22-23
Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin..
Faith, conscience, ,,, the same reason the law was added; So that they would be convicted and moved to repentance (even though their’s was not lasting and had to be redone yearly).

You may want to Re-read Matt 11:13 again.
You know,,, it is scripture.,,,.

So then, as Jesus said concerning the great commandment and the Second, “these 2 commandments hang all the law and the prophets”.

Try this one,
Romans 2:14-15 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
((They do by nature what is contained within the law because the are written upon their hearts)).

Second, maybe you should reread what previously stated in my post instead of reading what you want to see.

I firmly believe in the Cross.
I firmly believe in the Work of Jesus the Christ.
I know that work started BEFORE Calvary. It ended at Calvary.
I firmly live under Grace having obtained Mercy.

If you stand by your words that the New Testament starts at the cross then you must justify how Jesus forgave sins AND gave his disciples the ability to forgive them BEFORE He went to the cross. In addition to that those forgiven were not required by Jesus The Christ to offer the required sin offerings. Yet the law was still active at that time, and if as you deem it the law would still be “”fully”” in effect. ((But He did have some of them offer the commandment requirements for healings and cleansings)).

You see,
If you study closely the reason that the law and prophets prophesied unto John it is because it started with John – at the time of John. Then Jesus showed up as the Lamb of God that taketh away the Sins of the World. (Take special note through His ministry of things that happened to upset the fulfilling of the law – as seen through the people of their day). As stated forgiving sins without the sin offering which was still required up unto his death on the cross.

That is exactly why He said, “it is finished”.
Not that it was started at the cross. He finished at Calvary what He started 3.5 years earlier.

So how did you reconcile that?

As far as, “Ye without sin cast the first stone”. He used the law and clarified it – where was the man? By law they should have brought the man and the woman for stoning. He corrected their understanding of the law. They were not interested in the law or living righteously. Jesus is still clarifying it for us, but now through His flesh.

Jesus’ ministry was not to make it even more impossible for man.
The law as given to Moses was already as impossible as it could get. It could not get anymore impossible. The law was placed there to show the need for the Saviour.