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The Jordan River - The water of healing

The Jordan River – The water of healing

The Jordan River – The water of healing is known by its powers through the stories of the old Testament and new testament. 
The Jordan River is a significant river in the Holy Land, that flows through the Sea of Galilee and into the Dead Sea. This river holds immense religious and spiritual importance for the people of Israel and Christians around the world.

How do we know that the Jordan river is important to the Israelites and to the christians?

Because it is mentioned about 200 times, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament.
Many of those references are connected with miracles and healing.
The Jordan River has played a crucial role in several significant events mentioned in the Old and New Testaments.
Holy Water 

In the Old Testament, the Jordan River was the site where the Israelites crossed into the Promised Land:

Joshua 3:14-17 – “So when the people set out from their tents to pass over the Jordan with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest), the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. And the people passed over opposite Jericho.”
It is believed to be the site where the prophet Elisha healed Naaman, the Syrian (Aram) army commander, from his leprosy, and it was also the site where the prophet Elijah was taken up to heaven.

The Jordan River – The water of healing is known from the healing by Elisha

2 Kings 5:10-14 – “And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, ‘Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.’ But Naaman was angry and went away, saying, ‘Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?’ So he turned and went away in a rage. But his servants came near and said to him, ‘My father, it is a great word the prophet has spoken to you; will you not do it? Has he actually said to you, “Wash, and be clean”?’ So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.”

Elijah Taken Up to Heaven at the Jordan River

2 Kings 2:6-14 – “Then Elijah said to him, ‘Please stay here, for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.’ But he said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the sons of the prophets also went and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his cloak and rolled it up and struck the water, and the water was parted to the one side and to the other, till the two of them could go over on dry ground.

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?”

“Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.

“You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not.”

As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two.

Elisha then picked up Elijah’s cloak that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. He took the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and struck the water with it. “Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over”.


The Jordan River healing water at the new testament:

In the New Testament, the Jordan River was where John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ, and that is when the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending on him. From this moment on, he got started to do magnificent miracles and heald people in Jerusalem and in many more places at the Holy Land.

Matthew 3:13-17 – “Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented 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 proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

Baptism in the Holy Land


Healing the man in Jerusalem by Jesus:

John 5:1-9 – “After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, ‘Do you want to be made well?’ The sick man answered him, ‘Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Stand up, take your mat and walk.’ At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.”

At the New Testament shows that the river was a significant location for baptisms and religious rituals. The accounts of Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River and the healings that took place there serve as a reminder of the importance of water as a symbol of spiritual cleansing and renewal in Christian faith, and the Jordan River has become a symbol of God’s power and grace, and its waters are believed to have healing properties.

Pilgrims from all over the world come to the Jordan River to be baptized and to seek spiritual renewal.


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