The adult ministry of Jesus begins with his baptism in the Jordon river by John the Baptist. The Church will celebrate the Jordan river event during the coming week. The truth is that the Jordan is not a massive river. It is about 100 feet wide and no more than ten feet deep. Nevertheless it flows through the Sea of Galilee and ultimately emerges in a Dead Sea. It meanders for about 223 miles. Unfortunately, since ancient times it has become a political boundary between peoples. Even today it is a boundary: On the East Bank is Jordan and on the West Bank is Israel and much of the disputed boundaries with Palestine. Sadly it remains as a river of boundaries and disputes. Ironically Jesus was a citizen of ancient Palestine and a Israelite Jew.

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