While many pilgrims flock to the Baptism Site, a rustic nature still exists that allows those who visit to enjoy the wilderness that Jesus experienced when He was baptized. Just outside of the protected park, many churches and guest houses have been built to accommodate pilgrims of varied denominations.

Right before Jesus ascended into heaven, He gave His disciples their marching orders. These were His final words to them – the things He really wanted them to remember until His return. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). Because baptism is a symbol of God’s grace and because it is a way to publicly pledge our allegiance to Him, Jesus commands it for His disciples. If you are ready to follow Jesus’ command, consider being baptized at Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan.