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Baptism Site River Jordan

 Yardenit ("little Jordan") is one of the holy lands most popular Baptism sites. Here, the water flows into the Jordan River, eventually flowing into the Dead Sea located more than 100KM to the south. This site is believed by some traditions to be the actual site where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist



 (Matthew 3: 13: "Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John").The site is located at the southern exit of the Sea of Galilee, just behind the gate of the Dam that is used on rainy winters to lower the level of the lake.

The baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist is described in Matthew (3:13-17), told briefly in Mark (1:9-11), mentioned in Luke (3:21-22), and implied in John (1:29-34). In these texts John performs an important ritual: announcing that Jesus is the Son of God and the Messiah.

John's baptism was the basis of Christian baptism, which is meant for everyone, and is preceded by a personal confession. The baptism of Jesus, who was free of all sin, was a sign of his revelation as the Messiah, and the beginning of his missionary work.

'The Wall of New Life' is a prominent feature of the site at Yardenit. It is a wall that begins at the entrance to the site and continues along the banks of the Jordan River to the baptismal pools. The wall is dedicated to 'Christians throughout the world, who at this place have followed their Savior through the waters of baptism.

The reason the wall of Christian faith has been called 'The Wall of New Life' is that according to the Scriptures, when a Christian enters the waters of baptism, one is reckoning with oneself and once one emerges from the water one is 'alive to Christ'.

 Here old things become new; Christ changes the old for new and always gives abundant life. After baptism, one becomes a new person and one walks in the newness of life as one is free to take Christ at his word and develop a relationship of love and trust. After baptism, one becomes a new person and one walks in the newness of life as one is free to take Christ at his word and develop a relationship of love and trust that changes one's life from inside out.

Biblical References Baptism
John 1: 28-34
"These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, after me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.."

Matthew 3: 13-17

"Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness." Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."

Mark 1:9-11
"At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."

Luke (3:21-22)
"When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."



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