Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
Station 6 – Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus…
I have to admit this is a new one for me. I checked the bible and found no reference to Veronica or anyone wiping Jesus’ face. Doing a quick search on Google I found this. “According to Church tradition, Veronica was moved with pity when she saw Jesus carrying his cross to Golgotha and gave him her veil that he might wipe his forehead. Jesus accepted the offering, held it to his face, and then handed it back to her—the image of his face miraculously impressed upon it.”
I also found this, “Station number six on the Via Dolorosa, however, marks the site of the home of Veronica, that noble Jerusalem matron who came forward with a linen cloth in her hands to wipe the dust and blood off Jesus’ face. Tradition has it that she was the nameless woman who was twelve years under an issue of blood who had been cured by touching the fringe of Jesus’ garment while he was being thronged by the multitudes at Capernaum. (Luke 8) In persistent gratitude, she followed Jesus afterwards, wherever he went.” (http://www.itsgila.com/veronica.htm)
Because there is no real evidence of anyone wiping Jesus face at first I was going to omit Station 6 but have decided not to because the bible does say, “And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him.” (Luke 23:27, ESV) You would think Jesus would be grateful for the compassion the women were showing him. Instead of showing them gratitude he gives them a compassionate warning, “But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.” (Luke 23:28, ESV)
One of the things I have been hoping to accomplish this Easter season is to try and go deeper into Jesus’ mindset concerning not only was happening to him but how his sacrifice and suffering would impact those who believed in him including us and those who wouldn’t. While no one can really understand fully the mindset of another let alone Jesus but when we try and put the pieces of a mindset puzzle together our relationship is bound to get stronger and more intimate. As I try my best to assemble Jesus’ mindset puzzle I am beginning to get a sense of how deep his compassion was for believers and nonbelievers both. Compassion cannot be adequately described in words written or spoken it is something one must experience for themselves.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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Scripture quotations marked ESV “Are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”
**http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/stations.html. Used with permission.