Jesus answered him, “If what I said is wrong, bear witness about the wrong; but if what I said is right, why do you strike me?” (John 18:23 ESV)
Words carry weight. People get pretty messed up about them. The guys interrogating Jesus were really touchy when it came to words. But it is really no surprise. He had outdone them at every turn. All they had left to fall back on was their blind pride and violence.
Jesus never said anything wrong, but sometimes I do. My mouth has got me in a lot of trouble over the years. I’ve made stupid promises. Said hurtful things. And let it have a free reign far too often.
There have been plenty of times that I have deserved to get popped in the mouth for something ridiculous that I said, but I never have. Jesus was beaten by thugs for saying something true that hurt the religious tightwads’ feelings. Kind of makes you want to take a better look at what and how you say things.