C.S. Lewis wrote, “Seek Unity and you will find neither Unity nor Truth. Seek the light of truth, and you will find Unity and Truth.”
The truth of these words is magnified in the actions of Jesus in John 17-18. Jesus prayed to the Father for unity of believers, not just with each other but in Him as He is in the Father and the Father is in Him.
But, in the hour of darkness, He demonstrates that the path to unity is not by yielding to darkness or compromising with evil, but by shining the light of truth. Jesus is truth. He told Thomas, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”
Jesus was alone with His accusers. You or I could have been tempted to yield, to hedge our statements, to cushion the words to paint them into shades that could have allowed the darkness to hide within. We were out of earshot of our followers. But, not our Lord. Jesus knew and showed us that the path to what He seeking, the unity of the Holy Spirit, is not found through darkness of any sort, it is found only in the light of truth.
He went to a place known to Judas, He approached (not run away from) the soldiers, He announced Himself to His would-be captors, He told Peter to put away the sword, He said “shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”, He went with them
We see that He was slapped and that He will be beaten, tortured and crucified. Everyday He had taught in the open, not hidden. But many other times, when it was not “the hour” Jesus had walked away from those who sought to hurt and stone Him. This time the hour of darkness had come and Jesus allowed Himself to undergo all their wickedness
Even in the face of unlawfulness and abuse and ridicule, Jesus spoke only the truth.