January 09, 2012
 
Hard to Silence
Even if you are not a football fan, you have probably heard of Tim Tebow. He's the former University of Florida quarterback who is one of the most open Christians in sports. He used to paint John 3:16 under his eyes with the eyeblack players use as part of their pre-game prep. John 3:16 is one of the most famous verses in the Bible, stating that "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son so that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life."

The NFL (also known as the No Fun League) banned this practice. The results from this weekend, when Tim Tebow led the Denver Broncos into an upset victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, reminded me of another verse. Luke 19:40 tells how Jesus responded to pharisees complaining that people were praising Jesus. "And he answered and said, I tell you that, if these shall hold their peace, the stones will cry out." On Sunday, Tim Tebow was not allowed to write John 3:16 on his face. But he passed for 316 yards. To ensure that it was difficult for anyone to write this off as pure coincidence, he also passed for an average of 31.6 yards per game. Now I am sure Teblow had no idea of these numbers until after the game was over. However, what are the odds of anyone doing both, let alone in the same game? God truly has an awesome sense of humor and can control the outcome of even the most trivial of events when He desires.

 

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