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The Exhilarating Moment Caused Some to Jump on a Camel’s Back

DonSunday the baptismal crowds at the Jordan River near Jericho were such that as we were walking back to our bus, I turned around and saw a line of people as far as I could see. They were from all over the world, but as I spoke to them, the universal word that connected us was ”Alleluia.” 

During this season of Epiphany, Christians everywhere were celebrating this Sunday by remembering the Lord’s baptism. All 33 in our group remembered their own baptism by feeling the waters of the Jordan spray over them. I would say to each person: “Remember your baptism and be thankful. Claim your identity as a child of God. Let the love of Christ live in youKathy.”

These words were similar to those Jesus heard when John brought him out of the Jordan waters, a voice from heaven saying, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17).

People all around us were singing and praising God in languages we couldn’t understand, but did. We were all one, even with the young Israeli soldiers lining our paths. And we continued the worship-filled mood by singing our own songs when we could back to the bus. Songs like, “Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary,” and “Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me.”Rich

The exhilaration of that moment, which will stay with us for a lifetime, caught me off guard as we arrived at the Mount of Temptation. Person after person wanted to fearlessly jump aboard an imposing camel and start hootin and hollerin.

What were in those waters that day? I can’t wait to see what lies ahead as we “turn our eyes upon Jesus and look full in his wonderful face.”