The Baptism Site, known as Al-Maghtas in Arabic, has recently been identified on the south bank of Wadi Kharrar, just east of the Jordan River, opposite Jericho. It is now protected and accessible to visitors.
The story is that Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness east of the Jordan River after his baptism, and several times spread his message throughout Transjordan during his last journey from Galilee to Jerusalem. It is known that John the Baptist baptized followers in the Jordan River. He also preached against sin.