Bear Grylls, the renowned survivalist and author, recently took a significant step in his spiritual journey by getting baptized in the Jordan River, the very place where Jesus Christ was baptized.
Grylls opened up about this significant moment on his social media, saying, “It had always been a dream of mine to get in the water that Jesus was baptized in by John the Baptist. The story is amazing, and it seems wherever Jesus went, new birth, new life, and a new vision followed.”
He highlighted the gospel of Luke, which gives a touching account of Jesus’ life and his baptism. As described in the scripture, “When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’” (Luke 3:21-22)
Many know Grylls from his daring adventures on “Man vs. Wild”, but not everyone is aware of his outspoken Christian faith. Expressing concern over the rituals and ceremonies of modern-day churches, he said, “I think Jesus would really struggle with 99% of churches nowadays. Our job in life is to stay close to Christ and drop the religious, drop the fluff. Keep the bit of church which is about community and friends and honesty and faith and love.”
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
Bear Grylls has faced countless challenges, from summiting Mount Everest at a young age to recovering from a skydiving accident. Through it all, his relationship with God and his faith has been a pillar. This recent baptism serves as a testament to his commitment and love for Christ.
“God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” 1 John 4:16