Baptized in the same river as Jesus, is the biggest milestone in a Christian believers life!
My Spiritual Journey to Jordan!
To be baptized in the same place where Jesus was baptized, is an everlasting spiritual experience for the people of the Christian faith. It is not only a celebration of one’s own baptism, renewal of vows but also a celebration of Jesus’s life.
Jordan is very special to me. Jordan is part of the “Holy Land”, its religious sites include the Baptismal place of Jesus on the banks of the River Jordan. Christ was baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. The Jordan River flows right through the Jordan Rift Valley into the Sea of the Galilee and then further continues to the Dead Sea. It is a holy place of many important biblical events.
As you step into the area which encompasses the Baptismal site you are at once engulfed by an over whelming emotion, as you deeply get drawn into the Biblical pages of Jesus’s life. My first association with the river, stepping into the waters was that of gratitude and serenity. I had to be grateful for just every blessing in my life, for bringing me to the site and waters where Jesus our God was baptized.There is no better feeling than this. I closed my eyes to take in and recall the scenes of Jesus Christ being baptized by John the Baptist.
According to the Christian beliefs, the Jordan River is considered the third most holy site in the Holy Land, just after Nativity Grotto in Bethlehem and Golgotha in Jerusalem, because it is the site of the most important event of Jesus’ life .
The site is called Qasr el Yahud which is furnished with impeccable facilities required to assist visiting pilgrims and enhance their enlightening experience. Baptismal robes are available for purchase but I would advise you to get yours from home and wear a size and fabric which you would be comfortable in.
I must share that the river is filled with little fish, which nibble at your toes and feet, the over all atmosphere is that of awe and wonder, mostly reverence. I soaked in all the glory possible. If you ever go to Jordan do not miss this site. Jordan is safe, comfortable and welcoming, one of the region’s most rewarding destination.
Of course I visited Mount Nebo, from where Moses looked over the Promised Land. Closeby is Lot’s Cave, where Abraham’s nephew sought refuge from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The guide takes you on a Biblical journey that leaves you inspired and blessed. Jordan encompasses sceneries of camels and stretches of deserts, but this is a country of hills, mountains, beaches, architectural monuments, ruins, and ancient churches, with a rich culture. Miles and miles of Olive plantations cover the arid region as you drive through. You will also see a lot of agriculture like wheat plantations. At Jordan’s southernmost tip, beaches fringe the warm waters of the Red Sea, which harbors some of the most spectacular coral reefs in the world. Jordan is geographically a land bridge linking Europe, Africa and Asia. You do get to see stretches of desert-dwellers namely Bedouins or Fellahins who are traditional farmers. You get a real sense of understanding about what the Bible calls shepherds and flocks as you watch them from the bus windows, simplicity in its most sublime state.
Of course in another encounter I will surely share my dives in beautiful Jordan with you , until now I leave you blessed from Jesus’ baptismal site.
Keep Jordan on your bucket list!