Bringing The Jordan River, Israel to life through the Artza Holy Land blog

Explore the Holy Land through the Artza Holy Land blog. A pilgrimage through the country and discover the beauty and culture of the birthplace of Christianity.

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By Daniel Goodman

Updated March 28, 2023.

Baptism of Jesus, Jordan River

Embark on a journey and travel to the Holy Land through the lens of the 'Holy Land Artza Blog' series.

Discover the Holy Land's Rich Culture & History in The Jordan River, Israel.

In this series, you will be taken on an immersive journey through the Holy Land. Exploring ancient, biblical, and modern stories, magnificent scenery, flavors, traditions, sites, and most importantly of all - we will introduce you to the people that call this place home.

Along the journey, you will meet all of the Israeli artisans and charities that we help support and explore the rich culture, history, and beauty of Israel. And for those of you who want a fully immersive experience of the land where Jesus walked, our Artza subscription box is designed to do just that.

Delivered quarterly, each locally sourced Artza box is packed with gorgeous, handcrafted gifts, foods, local spices, content, stories, scripture, and so much more! Delivered from the Holy Land directly to your home.

Location: Jordan River, Israel.

Our journey continues at the Jordan River. The Jordan River holds significant religious importance for Christians, believed to be the location where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist marking the beginning of his public ministry.

Who was John the Baptist?

John the Baptist is described as a preacher, prophet and religious leader who lived in the 1st century AD. John the Baptist called for repentance and the forgiveness of sins and subsequently baptized people in the Jordan River as a symbol of their spiritual cleansing. Additionally, John the Baptist was a prophet who proclaimed the coming of the Messiah, and he is mentioned in the New Testament as having baptized Jesus in the Jordan River.

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?'
Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfil all righteousness.' Then John consented." (Matthew 3:13-15, NIV)

Things to do in & around the Jordan River, Israel.

The baptism site of Jesus: A pilgrimage site for Christians, this is believed to be where John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. Many people visit the Jordan River to reflect on this event's significance and receive its blessings. It is claimed that Jesus went down to the Jordan River and was baptized by John the Baptist. The baptism is said to have taken place in the Jordan River but may have been at Al-Maghtas in Jordan or Qasr el-Yahud across the river in Israel, not far from Jericho.

I saw the Holy Spirit come down on Jesus as a dove from heaven. John 1:32

Yardenit: Yardenit is a significant site located at the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee on the banks of the Jordan River. There is a grand archway marking the entrance to Yardenit, decorated with hand-painted tiles depicting Mark's account of Jesus' baptism. This "Wall of New Life" is unique as it showcases scripture in over 80 languages, making it accessible to visitors from around the world.

Distance from Jerusalem: The distance from the Jordan River to Jerusalem is approximately 65 kilometres (40 miles).

As we come to the close of our twelfth Holy Land Artza Blog which takes you on a journey through Israel with us, we want to express our deepest gratitude for your participation. It has been a privilege to share with you the beauty, culture and traditions of this land that holds such a special place in our hearts thus far, and we are so excited for what is to come!

For those who seek a deeper connection to the Holy Land, our Artza subscription boxes are the next best thing to actually travelling to Israel, it is the best way to bring the Holy Land to your doorstep. Each Artza box is sent to you from a different region in Israel, and it is packed with up to eight stunning hand-crafted gifts, local foods, spices, art, scripture, ceramics and so much more - each carefully chosen from the local artisans and charities of that specific region - with the aim of bringing the Holy Land to life in the most meaningful and immersive way possible. This is your chance to experience the beauty of the Holy Land and to support the people of Israel.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon and providing you with the next Holy Land Artza Blog, and of course, welcome to ISRAEL!