“If I have spoken wrongly,” Jesus answered him, “give evidence about the wrong; but if rightly, why do you hit Me?”
Jesus opens up even His direct accusers and eventual murderers with a question. Even as He is being marched to His death He is approaching people in such a way as to open them up to their own deceptive presuppositions. It shows His care even for those who were leading Him to the slaughter.
“Why would you hit an innocent man? “
Jesus alone can open us up to our deep motives with the skill of a spiritual surgeon. His Word truly is sharper than any two-edged sword piercing deep within us below flesh and bone into our hearts. He probes those He loves in order to bring them from death to life. His Word is Life. We must stay tender to His probing lest we become hard hearted and defy His love.