Report from Jordan, Day #2: Was Jesus baptized on the east bank of the Jordan River? Inside His Majesty’s efforts to reach out to Christians & invite them to visit.


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I am so grateful for Rustom Mkhjian, the Jordanian official who oversees the Baptism Site, for giving me a personal tour and briefing. I am so grateful for Rustom Mkhjian, the Jordanian official who oversees the Baptism Site, for giving me a personal tour and briefing.

Standing on the East Bank of the Jordan River. On the right side of this picture is the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. On the left is the State of Israel. Amazing how close they are. Standing on the East Bank of the Jordan River. On the right side of this picture is the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. On the left is the State of Israel. Amazing how close they are.

(Amman, Jordan) — On Friday, I had the great joy and honor to visiting The Baptism Site of Jesus.

It is located on the east bank of the Jordan River, a 45 minute drive from the capital of Amman. I spent about four hours touring the national park, guided by Rustom Mkhjian, an absolutely delightful, engaging and deeply knowledgeable Jordanian government official who oversees the site, and I was fascinated by what I saw and learned.

Most Christians — myself included — have long assumed that Jesus was baptized on the western bank of…

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