Baptism In The Jordan River

ByJudye

Baptism In The Jordan River

Jordan River

Photo Credit: Samantha Villagran

National Geographic was filming the day our group was at the Jordan River. Some of our group chose to be re-baptized in the Jordan & I was no exception. Why would someone travel to Israel & not have that experience???

I’ve never liked being IN water – around it, by it, looking at it – but not IN it. I’m sure this all stems from listening to my daddy describe his childhood ordeal of being thrown off a bridge by some older kids. My pastor had baptized me & after doing so, he said I was the “hardest person to baptize he’d ever seen”…

But, there I was at the Jordan River & I knew I would regret it forever if I didn’t take the opportunity. I was dressed in the white baptismal robe provided & slowly wading in with the rest.

Then the most amazing thing happened. A young Russian man had stripped down to his underwear & shouted in broken English as he ran into the water “I want to be saved! Please baptize me!” Up to that point, the photographers were appearing a trifle bored – but that all changed. They began to run into the water – clothes & all – and snapped numerous photos of us & the young man in his nearly nude body – quite a stark contrast against the rest of us in our prim & proper white robes! We were very happy & applauding his decision as Pastor McGregor spoke quietly with him before immersing him in the Jordan River.

Did I appear in the NatGeo magazine? No, but I was privileged to witness a very animated, happy, saved, young Russian man who did. You can find him on the cover photo in the NatGeo archives – the photo captures the moment he rose up out of the water. Serving God is far from boring. I love Him.

Have you asked Jesus into your life? If not, it is really simple. Just pray and ask Him to forgive you of your sins, state that you believe in Him, and make Him the master of your life. If you’d like someone to talk to about it, feel free to contact us. We’d be glad to help.

About the author

Judye author

True southern girl, born in Birmingham, Alabama & raised in Paducah, Kentucky. Tried living in a large, northern city for a year, but eventually concluded there is no place like home. Married to the same man for 1000 years, have 3 children, 6 grandchildren and one fat, yellow tabby named Tut. Occupations include public health & physicians offices. The most enjoyable, rewarding time of my life was teaching in a Christian Academy with a wonderful staff & students of all ages. I am an avid reader & love to sketch & paint when time permits. Currently compiling my first book & I am honored to have been asked to join this blog – Heaven knows I have raised my sticky hands toward Heaven many times….My goal is to lift up the name of Jesus.

  • That’s a beautiful story, I’m glad the Russian man got what he was searching for. What a great experience you had. I’d love to travel to Israel!

    Stopping by to say thanks for joining the Biannual Blogathon Bash. Looking forward to connecting with you next weekend!