It was our fourth day in Israel. We said goodbye to Kibbutz Haon Guest House on the Sea o Galilee and boarded the bus with all of our belongings. We drove south via the Jordan Valley past Jericho to Qasr el Yahud, the traditional site on the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized.
As we drove to the site we could see the land of Jordan to one side of the tour bus. I was amazed throughout the trip at how small the land is compared to how far things are in the US. To get to the site we crossed a border check point. There is a marker in the middle of the Jordan River. The other side is in Jordan!
I was a little puzzled in our itinerary as it mention being baptized in the Jordan. “I’ve already been baptized,” was all I kept thinking. It didn’t seem to me it would have any meaning to go through the motions again just because it was the Jordan River. I didn’t see any point; however, I came to understand that it is a big deal and many Christians get rebaptized there. Many left feeling…something. I’m not sure what, but it was very special to them.
Next in the day? Masada!!!