We offer for the people in the religious tours the option of baptizing in the Jordan river, exactly at the location where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. But why (re)baptizing?
“Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins” (Matthew 3:1-3, 5-6).
John preached the need for people to repent of their sins, and they understood and were baptized by immersion in water.
The need for those who were baptized when they were young, shows that something important was missing at their first baptism. They were not baptized into the name of Jesus Christ, and they did not understand the role of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is an adult decision that requires maturity and understanding.
We as Shalom Israel, offer to arrange for those interested to be baptized in the Jordan river, at the spot where Jesus was baptized. But this is not a simple event. At the moment the group will arrive at Israel and we will pick them up from the airport, the interested people will be prepared for the baptizing event. They will talk to priests (who are aware of the intention), they will talk to those with the same spiritual experience in Israel. The priests who are performing the Holy Mass in the many churches will be aware too.
The actual event takes place near the end of the tour. Those people with the intention of baptizing will be prepared until they are actually baptized. After that joyous event, the group will celebrate on a Jesus Boat on the sea of Galilee.
We take care of the photos and film, so that it can’t be forgotten anytime soon.