Visiting the Jordan River

Israel has opened access to the Jordan River at the traditional site of the baptism of Jesus.

Bible students enjoy visiting this site for several reasons.

  • Ancient Israel crossed the Jordan to enter the promised land (Joshua 3).
  • Elijah and Elisha crossed the river (2 Kings 2).
  • John baptized in the Jordan (Matthew 3:6ff.; Mark 1:5-9; John 1:28; 10:40).
  • Jesus was baptized in the Jordan (Matthew 3:13).
  • Naaman dipped in the Jordan at a site further north (2 Kings 5).

We were able to visit the site this morning.

The Jordan River at the site of the baptism of Jesus. View south. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Jordan River at the site of the baptism of Jesus. View south. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

We also visited Masada, Qumran, and Jericho.

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