His death would come before tomorrow ended. He knew it but not the friends gathered around Him.
Nevertheless, this was the moment Jesus must leave them His legacy. Soon He would not claim even the clothes on His back. What He now gifted His nearest and dearest followers, however, no one could ever take from Him: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you” (John 14:27 ESV).
It wasn’t as if His disciples had never heard “peace” before. Like “aloha” in the Hawaiian language and “ciao” in Italian, “shalom” (peace) was the Jewish word used for both hello and good-bye. But mere hours before His crucifixion, Jesus bequeathed a peace that was beyond the ordinary farewell.
The peace Jesus bestowed was “my peace.” What divine peace did Jesus own and give on the eve of His death? The rock-solid peace that He was right with God. God the Son was in the will of God the Father with nothing between. They were, in the truest sense, on the same page.
Jesus’ legacy was the soul at rest with God. As St. Augustine, contemplating God’s ways, concluded, “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they can find rest in you.”