Renowned TV personality and explorer, Bear Grylls, fulfilled a cherished lifelong aspiration as he was baptized in the Jordan River.
This sacred site, where Jesus himself received his baptism from John the Baptist, held profound significance for Grylls. He shared a poignant photograph of this extraordinary moment on his social media platform, expressing profound gratitude for the experience.
On the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, Grylls wrote, “It had always been a dream of mine to get in the water that Jesus was baptized in by my hero John the Baptist. The story is so amazing, & it seems wherever Jesus went, that new birth, new life, a new vision followed. Luke (in the Bible) was probably a Syrian doctor before he met Jesus. He writes a reliable, poignant account of his life. It’s short. I like it.”
The Gospel of Luke, a book in the Bible, recounts the life, teachings, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. It serves as a valuable resource for new believers seeking to understand Jesus’ teachings and how to embrace a new life in Christ. Grylls has been open about his faith and serves as an ambassador for the Alpha Course, an initiative that introduces people to the basics of Christianity.
In an earlier interview with the Christian Post, Grylls attracted attention by expressing his belief that “Jesus would struggle with 99 percent of churches nowadays.” He emphasized the importance of cultivating a personal relationship with God over religious rituals, highlighting the need to shed unnecessary religious formalities.
Grylls articulated, “Our job in life is to stay close to Christ and drop the religious, drop the fluff, drop the church if you need to because that means so many different things to different people anyway. Keep the bit of church which is about community and friends and honesty and faith and love. All the masks, performances, music, and worship bands and all of that sort of stuff—I don’t think Christ would recognize a lot of that.”
Bear Grylls is known for his adventurous spirit and the ability to survive in the most challenging environments. He has also incorporated his faith into his television shows. In one notable episode of his series “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” he was seen praying for the former President of the United States, Barack Obama. This moment showcased the intersection of Grylls’ faith and his adventures in the wild.
The Jordan River holds a profound significance for Christians worldwide. It is believed to be the site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus, marking the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. For Bear Grylls, this baptism in the Jordan River was a deeply spiritual and symbolic experience, fulfilling a dream that he had carried with him for many years.
Grylls’ journey into the waters where Jesus received his baptism is a testament to the enduring power of faith and the personal significance of religious experiences. His message of emphasizing a personal relationship with God and simplifying religious practices resonates with those seeking a deeper connection with their faith.
It had always been a dream of mine to get in the water that Jesus was baptised in by my hero John the Baptist. The story is so amazing, & it seems wherever Jesus went, that new birth, new life, a new vision followed. Luke (in the bible) was probably a Syrian doctor before he met… pic.twitter.com/YwcEwL1ewh
— Bear Grylls OBE (@BearGrylls) October 2, 2023