You’d be glad of a cool down in the 30C heat of a Jordan May. but Jesus wasn’t complaining.
Today is designated the sacred day when we commemorate The Baptism of the Lord.
It is in truth a little cooler in Jordan than when I went, at 11C but I can’t imagine the Lord was shivering.
So for the day that’s in it let’s take a deeper look into baptisms.
The first question is: where exactly was Jesus baptised.
The Jordanians claimed that he was doused further inland at Al-Maghtas.
Here in ‘Bethany beyond the Jordan’ in what is modern-day Jordan.
The Israelis for their part believe that he was baptised on their banks.
And this is where the Russian Orthodox Christians believe there are healing waters and they go full immersion.
All of which I learned on my G Adventures trip to Jordan last year…. https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/culture/petra-jordan-jesus-and-the-sands-of-time/, http://www.visitjordan.com, http://www.gadventures.com.
While decide for yourself which you think it is…. or like me just soak it all up and maybe sneak some holy water… http://www.baptismsite.com
So for us Gentiles it’s worth reflecting that of course John, Jesus and all those who were being baptised were all Jews.
And that John though the most famous baptist would not have been the first.
Ritual immersion had been part and parcel of Jewish culture, or mikvehs for some time.
Jews would ritually immerse themselves for spiritual purity before worshipping.
Washing is, of course, central to the daily and spiritual life of Muslims.
Water of Islam
As I have found out on my trips to Marrakech www.visitmarrakech.com and Morocco www.visitmorocco.com.
And Sarajevo in Bosnia & Herzegovina www.visitsarajevo.ba
It is, of course, a primal act to wash as well as being hygienic.
And you can find it in Sikhism through Amrit Sanskar.
While in Hinduism they like to immerse statues of Durga and Ganesh during the final stages of the festivals Durga Puja and Ganesh Charturthi.
Water of death
And purification is as much part of death as it is a spiritual birth.
A ritual bath in pure water is performed for the dead in many religions including Judaism and Islam.
For more on this pilgrim’s progress… read https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/culture/petra-jordan-jesus-and-the-sands-of-time/ https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/pilgrimage/camino-a-pilgrims-prayer/, https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/small-roads-lead-to-rome/ https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/the-lourdes-prayer-pyrenees/ and Fatima in https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/secret-portugal-classy-centro/