“But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.” ―Acts 3:14-15
It is noteworthy that Peter, in addressing this crowd, came at once to the very essence and bowels of his message. He did not beat the bush; he did not shoot his arrow far afield, but he hit the very center of the target. He preached not merely the gospel of good news, but Christ, the person of Christ; Christ crucified― crucified by them, Christ risen, Christ glorified of his Father. Depend upon it; this is the very strength of the Christian ministry, when it is saturated with the name and person and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. Take Christ away, and you ungospelise the gospel, you do but pour out husks such as swine do eat, while the precious kernel is removed, seeing you have taken away the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
—Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Vol. 14
Sermon No. 804, “Apostolic Exhortation”
Delivered April 5, 1868