Mark’s Gospel really highlights the unfairness of the trial that Jesus underwent before he was passed on to Pilot by depicting the dishonest testimonies that didn’t even line up with each other. The angry mob of religious leaders didn’t really care about being fair – they were there with the sole purpose of convicting a man who had shown up on the scene only a few years prior but who had messed up their comfort in a severe way. Jesus challenged everything the religious folks were about, and He made them look foolish nearly every time they interacted. He called them “white-washed” tombs, and didn’t mince his words about how their lives were nothing short of godless. So when they brought Jesus to trial, there wasn’t an effort to be fear – they were there to convict and nothing else. Jesus was asked to respond to the accusations that were mostly full of half-truths, but what was He to say, honestly? He couldn’t say anything; He didn’t say anything. He understood that their hearts were hardened anyway, and anything He had to say would have fallen on deaf ears. Sometimes speaking doesn’t add value to the conversation, and reason is of little interest to others. In such a case, the wise thing to do is to entrust yourself into the hands of your heavenly Father. Nothing is out of His control – even the crucifixion of Christ. He will be your defender.