Israel Vows to Clear 4,000 Landmines From Sacred Site of Jesus' Baptism on the Jordan River

A baptism in the Jordan River (Max Pixel)

An ancient Christian area widely thought to be the site of Jesus' baptism is to be cleared of some 4,000 landmines by Israeli military forces. Christians believe that Qasr al-Yahud, located about 10 kilometers east of Jericho, is the very spot on the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized.

The Baptism of Jesus is recorded in the gospel of Matthew:

Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. But John prohibited 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 it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he permitted Him.

And when Jesus was baptized, He came up immediately out of the water. And suddenly the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending on Him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matt. 3:13-17).

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