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Jesus’ Baptism Site

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

On a trip to Jordan I couldn't resist a visit to the baptism of Jesus site. I was staying at a hotel on the Dead Sea and drove my rental car about 30 minutes or so to the site.. You cannot drive directly to the site. You must go by bus, I suppose they don't want independent travelers as they lose revenue.

The bus makes stops along the way.

The obligatory museum stop. Sorry, not interested but they make you.

Sorry, it's all Greek to me!

Now on to the baptism site. You know you're there when you start to see a military presence.

And finally, here it is!

The baptism site today

I was surprised there was not much water in this part of the Jordan River these days. Jordan is an arid country. Much of the water to the interior is trucked in from the Jordan River.

Here it is in this part today (other parts have much more water):

And the videos (short clips as it takes time to load) if you're interested:

I have to admit, I'm not much into historical sites, religious or otherwise. I know they're important and worth preservation, but I personally don't see this as a holy site today. If this was the actual site of baptism it served its purpose at the time, but today it's importance only lies in the hearts of men who perceive it as such.

Even Jesus said "Let the dead bury the dead". The past is gone. It's for the dead. What's important is what we do with our future. Just one man's opinion, of course.

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I agree, it’s what we do in the future. God bless.🙏🙏🙏

Aug 02, 2023
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There are many who saw this as a holy site even today i saw a lot of people filling up water bottles from the Jordan. I think they believed this to be sacred or holy water. But it’s the same water they truck into Amman Jordan for everyday use!

Not sure why people value the water today. It’s not like it’s the same water Jesus was baptized with,

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