What Peter was saying was that Jesus is the Holy One of God. Jesus was the Messiah. Jesus was the suffering Servant. All of these words evoke images in the minds of any true Israelites. All their hopes had been in the one who would be their king and now Peter was saying that they had crucified him. It is incredible really. They had longed all their lives for a Messiah and when he finally appeared they were responsible for his death!
• “You handed him over to be killed.”
• “You disowned him before Pilate.” – They yelled, “Crucify him, crucify him.”
• “You asked for a murderer to be released to you.” Instead of pleading for the release of the only perfect and righteous human being.
• “You killed the author of life.”