Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Jordan River

The Jordan River was another place I wanted to visit.  We weren't able to visit where John  baptized Jesus because the area wasn't safe, but just the idea that I was able to see the same river that Jesus was baptized in makes my faith seem more real.  The Jordan River is on the eastern side of Israel and flows into the Dead Sea.   The mention of the Jordan River is scattered throughout the Bible, but the most important story is Jesus's baptism by John the Baptist.

The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with[a] water, but he will baptize you with[b] the Holy Spirit.”

The Baptism and Testing of Jesus
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days,being tempted[c] by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

Mark 1:5-13

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