Note: In January 2011 my wife and I went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. This post is part of a series of blogs I have written to convey what I sensed while on this life changing trip. You can read about the entire trip in the devotional book Touching the Footprints of Jesus.
Though who think that John the Baptist created the concept of Christian baptism should realize that he simply borrowed a very familiar concept from Jewish history and gave it a new meaning. He took what had become a “ritual” and gave it new purpose. When Jesus Himself appeared one day and asked John the Baptist to baptize Him in the Jordan River, the rite became even more important to those who followed Jesus. The Apostles then refined the idea of baptism as they wrote the New Testament, making baptism the outward expression of inward faith in Jesus as the Messiah. Baptism has now become a key component of the Christian faith where as very few Jews practice it any longer.
Though the actual place of Jesus’ baptism is no longer accessible to the public, just down the river from that