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Where was Jesus baptized?

Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist who baptized many people and prophesied of the coming Messiah: "I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire" (Mathew 3:11). Matthew goes on to tells us that "Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him" (Matthew 3:13; see also Mark 1:9).

John the Baptist's ministry was located in a town called Bethany. There were two different towns within the region named Bethany, and the one John the Baptist was in was known as "Bethany across the Jordan." We see it referred to like this in the gospel of John: "These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing" (John 1:28). The other Bethany was located east of Jerusalem and is noteworthy for being Martha, Mary, and Lazarus' hometown (John 11:1).

Jesus' baptism was marked by the presence of the Holy Spirit descending on Him like a dove and the voice of God the Father speaking from heaven: "And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, 'This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased'" (Matthew 3:16–17).

Later in His ministry, the Jews asked Jesus to tell them clearly if He was the Christ, the Messiah they had been waiting for. Jesus affirmed this by making the statement that He and God the Father were one, and for this, He faced intense opposition from people who wanted to stone Him for blasphemy. He escaped from the Jews who wanted to arrest Him and went back to the same town of Bethany where He had been baptized by John. This was a peaceful place where He was safe and stayed for a while, ministering to many people who came to believe in Him as Lord (John 10:24—42).


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