It's dark outside and he knows that his life will soon end. He thought about begging for mercy but was told he deserves all he gets. The man hopes that his death may be quick although he also knows it will be painful. He hears footsteps get louder as they reach the door. He looks up as the cell door swings open and he sees the guard looking directly at him. The next words uttered by the guard would change both their lives and the lives of everyone in the world forever. "Barabbas, you are free to go."
I think we are all like Barabbas to one extent or another. We sit silently waiting for our punishment thinking if we beg for mercy, God will turn a deaf ear to us. However, our self built cell door was swung open when Jesus said 'it is finished'. Like Barabbas, we just have to walk through the door to claim our freedom.