Yardenit is a popular baptism site. 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"). It was
an important turning point event in the life of Jesus.
Many Christian pilgrims stop at this site and perform baptism
ceremonies, normally in small groups and accompanied by the
group's pastor. It is a remarkable, charming site and
should not be missed.
Since the New Testament texts do not
provide an identification with a known landmark, there are
several traditions on the site along the long Jordan River. Some
point to the Yardenit area closer to the Sea of Galilee, some go
south to Beit Shean, others to Jericho, way down the river.
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Mk 1:9-11:"And it came to pass in those
days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized
of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the water, he
saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon
him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my
beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased".
Mt 3:13-17: "Then cometh Jesus from
Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John
forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest
thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so
now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he
suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway
out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and
he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon
him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son,
in whom I am well pleased".