31 Days to Discover Israel | The Jordan River

#1 Jordan River

Today’s stop The Jordan River.

Can you believe it? We are here! This is the river, the Jordan River, where the Israelites crossed to the Promised Land. This is the exact place where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.

#2 Jordan River

Here’s a little about the geography of the Jordan River: it is located near to Kibbutz Degania Aleph, where the River Jordan leaves the Sea of Galilee, also called Yardenit, the Place of Baptism.

Pilgrims gather here from all over the world and clad in white robes, they immerse themselves in the holy waters of the River Jordan. Mark 1:9 says, “Jesus was baptized of John in Jordan: and as believers we follow in the tradition of the scriptures.

#3 a Jordan River - pilgrims wait their turn

According to this article,

The Jordan River is a 251-kilometre (156 mi)-long river in West Asia flowing to the Dead Sea. Israel and Palestine border the river to the west, while the Golan Heights and Jordan lie to its east. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan takes its name from this river.

The river has a major significance in Judaism and Christianity and, to a more moderate degree, Islam, as the site where the Israelites crossed into the Promised Land and where Jesus of Nazareth was baptized by John the Baptist.

#3 Jordan River

For believers, the ordinance of baptism is a public declaration of our faith. For Jim and me, after hearing of the opportunity to experience baptism in the Jordan River as part of the Empowered21 conference, we knew it was something we had to consider. Since both of us had already been baptized, we asked God how we should respond. As a married, couple, we continue to allow the Holy Spirit’s presence and power to merge our lives. Jim declared, “Sheryl, let’s be baptized together. We are one, let’s tell the world.”

#4 Jim n Sheryl Baptized in the Jordan River

I was reminded of this scripture:

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12

And we thanked God together with these words: “Whom God has joined together, let no man put asunder.”

Tomorrow’s stop: The Holocaust Museum

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