Qasr el Yahud – Jesus Baptism Jordan River Holy Land
Qasr el Yahud -Jesus Baptism
Qasr el Yahud is one of the must see Holy Land Christian pilgrimage top sites. It plays a key role in the holy land of Jesus at the River Jordan.
Qasr el Yahud is considered to be one of the Holy Land’s top five sites in the same group with Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem and the Sea of Galilee area.
Qasr el Yahud in the Bible and Scriptures:
Qasr el Yahud is one of the most sacred and popular Holy Land sites among Christian Pilgrims and Crusaders. Qasr el Yahud is referred to be the location where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, but also the site where the Israelites crossed the Jordan River while entering the promised land of Canaan. Another biblical reference for the area mentioned in the Bible and refereed to the ascending of Elijah the prophet to heaven. There is another spot in the Jordan River which referred to the Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist name Yardenit.
The Baptism of Jesus Christ: Matthew 3:13-17
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me? Jesus replied, Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness. Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, this is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Qasr el Yahud attractions and what to see:
- Qasr el Yahud site was closed for more over 4 decades, getting there was not a simple mission. The disputes between Israel and Palestine governments caused difficulties but lately the site has been under preservation by the Israeli ministry of tourism and reopened to the public. The Qasr el Yahud site includes ruins of Crusaders & Byzantine churches.
- Qasr el Yahud day tour can be combined with other Holy Land Christians sacred sites located in the same area. The city of Jericho, Mt. of temptations, St. George Monastery, Qumran Caves (Dead Sea scrolls origin) and Bethany.
- Thousands of pilgrims and crusaders who visited Qasr el Yahud along the past hundreds of years carved little crosses in the stones at Qasr el Yahud is and can still be seen today.
- The descending steps leading into the Baptism spot in the Jordan River was estimated to 1400 years ago.
- Holy Water Souvenirs and Crafts click here to view samples
Qasr el Yahud Map
Qasr el Yahud, where Jesus baptized, is located near Jericho off road #90 another way to get there is via the road going south from Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee.