A new and respected member was added lately to the community wall of Christian Faith: a panel in the Welsh language (Cymraeg). This is the 91st panel on the “Wall of New Life”, which is one of Yardenit’s jewels in the crown.[blockquote3]” In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan: And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove: And a voice came from heaven, Thou art my beloved Son, with thee I am pleased” .[/blockquote3] These three verses from Mark 1:9-11, are quoted in 91 languages and dialects (as of today) on the “Wall of New Life”, which surrounds the Yardenit site. Behind each panel there is a community that has visited Yardenit. Recently another panel was added to the Wall in the Welsh language, and thus the Wall has gained one more respectable representation of the Celtic languages.
“The Wall of New Life” welcomes visitors at the entrance and runs along the banks of the Jordan River, following the baptism pools. The multi-lingual wall reveals the diversity of cultures, from which visitors have come to Yardenit to baptize in the waters of the Jordan River. Each panel has been generously donated by various churches, organizations and communities from all over the world.
Panels are individually hand-made by Hagop Antreassian, an Armenian artist from the old city of Jerusalem.
What does the name “Wall of New Life” stand for? According to the Scriptures, when Christians are baptized they emerge from the water ‘alive to Christ’. Here old things become new; Christ changes the old for new and always gives abundant life. After baptism, one becomes a new person, walking in the newness of life: