Monday, March 11, 2013

Lydia Berns: A favorite memory from studying abroad in Jordan

Lydia Berns, Arabic Area Studies minor, traveled last fall to Amman, Jordan to complete her study abroad requirement. During that time, she made a series of videos about some trips that she took and is excited to share with us one of her favorites.

Here is her description:

"Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" But Jesus answered him, "Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he consented. 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 3:13-17(ESV)

There are many biblical locations in Jordan. One of the most well known, is the baptism site of Jesus Christ.  I had the opportunity to visit this location while studying in Jordan this past fall. While there, I made a video to capture some of the emotion I was feeling while visiting this site.  In the video you will see two main locations. 
The first location is the baptism site.  This area no longer has water flowing to it, as it was an off shoot of the Jordan River, but there are many churches that once stood at this location marking it as the baptismal site.
 The second, is the actual Jordan River.  The Jordan River is the line that separates Jordan from Israel/Palestine.  While standing on the Jordan side of the river, you can see the Israeli flag.  Many people come to this location to be baptized in the waters of the Jordan River, just like Jesus did 2000 years ago.

(Music: Forgiven and Loved by Jimmy Needham)

1 comment:

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