The Jordan River
Then Jesus came from Galilee
to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. (Matthew 3:13)
The Jordan river flows from
four streams that appear along the slopes of Mount Hermon. It flows down
into the Sea of Galilee and out again to the Dead Sea. The river
flows a distance of 65 miles as the crow flies. But its winding and
curving stretch is actually 160 miles altogether.
In the Old Testaments times
lions were known to hide in the thick vegetation bordering the river (Jeremiah
49:19). John the Batist carried on his ministry around the Jordan.
Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan River near Jerico.