Holy Jordan
Bethany Beyond the Jordan

The Bible narrates that people used come from Jerusalem and Yahuda and from the countries bordering Jordan to be baptized by John the Baptist. “And it came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee” (Mark 1:9). Jesus left Nazareth and went to Scythopolis (Baysan) and he spent the night close to Pella.

On the second morning of his journey he continued to the east bank of the Jordan River and he arrived at Bethany beyond Jordan and went to John to be baptized by him in the Jordan River. He stood in line with the repentant sinners who wanted to be baptized as a sign of repentance. John recognized Jesus when he came to be baptized by inspiration from the Holy Spirit. He tried to discourage him saying, “I need to be baptized by you and are you coming to me?” but Jesus said to him, “Permit it to be so this time for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:14-15).

“And Jesus when he was baptized, went up straight away 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” (Matthew 3:16-17).

“The next day John the Baptist saw Jesus coming unto him, and he said, behold the Lamb of God, which taken away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, after me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me” (John 1:29-30).

Jesus started from there announcing the tidings of salvation saying, “The revelation is complete and God’s heavens are close so believe in him and believe in the good tidings.” John confirms again saying, “These things were done in Bethany beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing” (John 1:28).