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Baptism of Jesus

by on May 6, 2017


We boarded the bus in the morning, left our hotel at Tiberias and travelled south along the sea of Galilee. Alongside the road, bougainvillea bushes showed off their brilliant pink, purple and orange blossoms.  What a gorgeous day to be in Israel.

Our bus stopped at the place where the Jordan River flows out of the Sea of Galilee, and we all got out to see the place where tradition says John baptized Jesus. Along the walkway,  we read Mark 1:1-11 engraved on tile.  “In those days, Jesus came from Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove, and a voice came from heaven saying, “Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased.”

Next to the English version were other versions in French, German, Spanish and so on. We lost count of the number of languages  as we searched for the ones that meant something to us. How comforting to see the message in our own language and so many others, to understand that God wants us to know He sent Jesus,  His own Son, to earth for us and for the people of every tongue and nation! How powerful to realize that bus loads of tourists from around the world find God’s message to them.

We want to thank our church family for praying for us. Today, several of us slipped yet did not fall.




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  1. Laurie permalink

    Thanks so much for these updates! We’re really enjoying your trip vicariously through your pictures and words (all your different voices!). We praise God with you for your safety today!

    I looked up Mark 1 and was struck again by the baptism of John being a ‘baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins’. Praise God for his forgiveness through the death of Jesus, his beloved Son!

  2. Ken Kemper permalink

    I can read the middle one!

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