JESUS DID NOT REMAIN SILENT - HE DID NOT WITHHOLD THE TRUTH
Even though Jesus would be killed for speaking the Truth during his mock trial, He, the Light of the world, does not leave his enemy, nor all people of all ages to come, in darkness nor in confusion --- and He speaks:
“Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?"
And Jesus said, “I am; and you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven." - Mk. 14:62
The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.
Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together; I have said nothing secretly. Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me, what I said to them; they know what I said."
When he had said this, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?"
Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken wrongly, bear witness to the wrong; but if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?"
And then Pilate questioned Him:
Pilate therefore went into the hall again, and called Jesus ...
Jesus answered: My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now my kingdom is not from hence. Pilate therefore said to him: Art thou a king then? Jesus answered: Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth my voice. - John. 18:19-37