Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge – to the great amazement of the governor.
As I read through this chapter, I saw that Jesus didn’t answer to any false accusations. He only answered to the truth. There is a lesson here: when people falsely accuse you, let it go. Don’t defend yourself. Answer only to the truth. That means avoiding reactions to insulting or false statements, and learning to respond carefully to the truth. Jesus is definitely our example in this: Proverbs says “A quiet answer turns away wrath.”