Other pilgrims choose to be baptized at the more northerly site of Yardenit. Built especially for the purpose at the point where the Jordan exits the Sea of Galilee, Yardenit was established in our own generation. A new site is now hoping to draw pilgrims as the true place of the original baptism. It is on the eastern, Jordanian side of the river, not far from the ruins of another Byzantine church.
*Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went straightaway 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 3:13-17
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