Wow, wow, wow. John Stott the other night showed me a completely new and edifying way to look at the passages about Jesus, Pilate and Barabas. Basically, we are Barabas - the murderous theif who fully deserved death, and yet Jesus died in his place. "Imagine the look on Barabas' face when his cell was opened and told he could go free." Imagine him finding out that Pilate had said he found Jesus guilty of no crime. Imagine his astonishment.
That should be ours, multiplied by a factor of a thousand because our minds are just too small to comprehend the greatness of God and his grace.