Jesus left Nazareth, until he reached Bethany beyond the Jordan and went to John for baptism. Jesus joined in the line of penitents asking for baptism, yet he was pure, free from all sin. He was the one who would say to the Jews, “Who among you can provide evidence that I have committed a sin.” John knew of Jesus from the revelation and inspiration of the Holy Spirit (John 1:32).
John, however, objected to baptizing Jesus saying, “I am the one that needs you to baptize me!” But upon Jesus’ continued insistence, John acquiesced and baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. Therefore, the water of the Jordan River became holy and all the waters that flow along the baptism site were purified, reviving the souls of people at every place and time.
As Jesus was coming out of the water, he saw the heavens open up and the Holy Spirit descending like a dove.
He heard a voice from above say, “You are my beloved son with whom I am well-pleased.”
Called “Bethany beyond the Jordan” in the Bible, scholars point to both textual and archaeological evidence that the site is on the east Jordanian bank of the river.
This is the official Baptism Site of Jesus Christ, where 2000 years ago Jesus came to be baptised by John:
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him (Matthew 3:13)”.
It was at this very spot that history was made and where for centuries hearts yearning for Divine Grace found untold blessings.
After becoming lost the site was recently discovered, authenitified, and now home to hundreds of thousands of visitors annually from all different denominations and faiths who seek the blessings of a land graced by great prophets, saints, and the Messiah.
For many Christians, the baptism site is the third holiest site of Christianity, joining Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, where he is believed to be buried.
Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. Here he stayed and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a miraculous sign, all that John said about this man was true.” And in that place many believed in Jesus.(JOHN 10:40-42)
Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. (MAATHEW 3:13)
Now some Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” “I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.(JOHN 1:25-28)
In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” … People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.(LUKE 3:1, 5-6)
On the Jordanian bank, visitors have a clear view of pilgrims being baptized on the Palestinian site, just a few yards across the muddy river. Israeli and Jordanian soldiers stand guard on either side, while tourists sing hymns and step into the river.