MAIN POINT The most striking element of this passage to me is that Jesus was humble and honest – that he spoke his truth even in the presence of authority who would abuse him, or as Friends would say, Jesus spoke “truth to power”.
NEW LIGHT I have read that if one spoke of evil, it should be spoken in secret. Therefore, it could be that Jesus is saying that nothing he has spoken or taught was evil in nature – he said nothing in secret.
Also, when the police struck Jesus, he displayed his true non-aggressive character with humility and sincerity. Jesus asks for a specific testimony to what might have been wrong, and to carefully evaluate this aggressive response to his testimony. This is a skillful model of a dignified response to an humiliating situation.
TRUTH Jesus does not hide his truth, and he declares his own sense of justice without incrimation. It is true for me that this approach is ideal, but unfortunately I am not skillful in executing it. I would likely fall silent and numb in such a situation.
IMPLICATIONS In this passage I don’t focus on the unfairness of the trial as much as I do on Jesus’ response to it. So much in this human life does seem unfair, the logical focus must be on the response. Jesus appeals to the higher consciousness of the authorities. How can we, by our response to injustice, behave in the most compelling and honest manner, elevating the consciousness of all who may witness?