Many are surprised when they first see the Jordan River to discover how small it is. The Jordan is dwarfed by continental rivers like the Amazon or the Mississippi. What is noteworthy about the Jordan River is not its size, but the miracles that occurred here.
Somewhere on the river's edge, John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ. Many Christians follow in his footsteps and are baptized here, identifying with Jesus' death, burial and resurrection. The immersion underwater symbolizes the death and burial, and when the person comes out of the water, it symbolizes resurrection from the dead.
The river was a formidable barrier for the Jewish people in ancient times, particularly at flood stage. One of the most famous accounts of the river is when the Lord parted the waters of the Jordan, permitting the armies of Israel to cross and conquer the city of Jericho.