29 April, 2009

Baptism in the River Jordan

© Angela M. Lobefaro

Thanks to gadihext and to his very friendly family for the fantastic hospitality!

Baptism in the River Jordan, Israel

In the synoptic gospels, Jesus is baptised by John the Baptist. In these accounts, John preaches repentance before the coming judgment, baptism for the forgiveness of sins, and the imminent arrival of one far greater than him. Jesus came to the Jordan River and was baptised there by John. After the baptism, the heavens open, the holy spirit like a dove descends, and a heavenly voice acclaims Jesus is his Son. Jesus then goes into the wilderness where the devil tempts him, and when he returns he begins his ministry.




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