Acts 3:14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
This phrase “the Prince of life” only appears here in the Bible. The Apostle Peter, who spoke these words, was preaching to thousands of unbelieving Jews in the Jerusalem Temple. Peter's words were powerful, direct, and impromptu.
When someone speaks off the cuff like this the hearers usually get a clearer glimpse of the personality and raw beliefs of the person behind the words. That was surely the case that day. Peter's unprepared words give us insight into his core beliefs which were also the commonly held beliefs of all early Christians. They believed Jesus was the Prince of Life.
So what is the meaning of the words Peter chose to describe Jesus? The word “prince” is a beautiful and unique word. There really isn’t a full English equivalent to this word. In modern English prince is usually defined as the son of a king, but that is not in the definition of this word translated Prince.
The word literally means “furnishing the first cause”. This is used for a founder or originator, and it is a word that carries with it the honor of being the first to pass through or to begin something great.
It is translated in Hebrews 2:10 with the word “captain” in the phrase, “captain of our salvation.” He is the chief leader of all the saved and the originator of their salvation. It is translated in Hebrews 12:2 with the word “author” in the phrase, “author and finisher of our faith.” There would be no saving faith if Jesus had not come and secured our salvation. He furnished the first cause of our saving faith.
By using this phrase Peter declared that Jesus is the originator, the author of life. But he wasn't just crediting Jesus with the creation of the world. Peter was giving the honor to Jesus of being the first to pass though the front lines of death coming out on the other side as the Victor. He defeated death and through this victory gives life everlasting! He is the leader of a great army of victors who shall also pass through death into everlasting life because they have trusted their eternal souls into His Gospel care. He Is The Prince Of Life!