Most of us know about Tim Tebow---Heisman trophy-winning college football player, but never quite found a permanent home in the NFL---now a professional baseball player---always a clear, public and powerful witness to his faith in Jesus Christ.
And most of us remember that it was Tebow who wore "John 3:16" written under his eyes in eye black.
However, we may not have heard about the "coincidence" related to his wearing John 3:16.
Appearing on "Harry"--the Harry Connick Jr. TV show a few days ago, he told this story:
Pro-Life update: Yesterday afternoon we learned that "pro-life" Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed a bill know as the "Heartbeat Bill" that the Ohio Legislature had approved which would have outlawed abortion after the child had a heartbeat. Of course there was a lengthy explanation of why he failed to stand for what he says he believes. While this is disappointing to many pro-life advocates, Satanists from the satanic Temple are celebrating. They had been demonstrating for the past week, demanding the Gov. veto the bill because "babies do not have a soul---and abortion abortion is a part of their religion."
Tim Tebow told Connick about how he came to write the verse reference under his eyes while he was quarterback for Florida back in 2009.
At that time, Tebow said, the verse, John 3:16, was Googled 94 million times---so about 94 million people wanted to know, or be reminded, what John 3:16 says because Tebow had written it under his eyes.
However, that was not the end of the matter.
Three years later, Tebow's NFL team, the Denver Broncos, had just won a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tebow told Harry Connick this story:
He said on his way to the press conference following the game, the public relations officer caught up with him.
"Timmy, do you realize what just happened?" the representative, Patrick, asked.
"Yeah, we just beat the Steelers. We're going to play the Patriots," Tebow replied casually
"No, do you realize what happened?" Patrick asked again.
Tebow: "Alright Patrick, what's up?"
That day was exactly three years---to the day--- since Tebow wore John 3:16 under his eyes in the Florida game.
"So what?" says Tebow. "That's pretty cool."
"During this game you threw for 316 yards; your yards per rush were 3.16; your yards per completion were 31.6; the ratings for the game were 31.6, and the time of possession was 31.6 minutes."
Wow! Big coincidence, right?
Tebow doesn't think it was a coincidence.
As sports fans watched the game and tracked the statistics, then later heard them from the sports announcers referencing Tebow's prior "John 3:16" under his eyes---90 million people Googled John 3:16.
In 2 different football games in a 36 month time period, 184 million people looked up John 3:16 and read the following:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Tebow says he thinks these things happen as a proof that he has a "big God."
Tim Tebow is now playing professional baseball. He'll be playing for the New York Mets this coming season.
This past year he was playing for the minor league team, the Scottsdale (Az.) Scorpions, when he learned a man in the stands was having seizures. The man's body had gone limp and he was foaming at the mouth.
Witnesses, including the local press, said Tebow walked over to the man, put his hands on him and began to pray for him. Those who were watching, said as Tim laid hands on the man and began to pray, the man started to gasp for air and began to cough. The eye witnesses called it "a miracle."
He stayed with the man until the EMT's arrived.
Tebow later told ABC News, "Baseball's awesome it's something I'm so excited I get a chance to pursue, but what's important is lives matter, people matter. This young man mattered. So my first instinct was to just be with him, put my hands on him and pray for him."
You may also know that Tim's mother and father are Christian missionaries. Tim may have never been born had his parents not been "pro-life no matter what."
My friend and best selling Christian author Randy Alcorn wrote an article for Life News in 2012 reviewing the story of Tim Tebow's birth.
This is part of what Alcorn wrote, however, I encourage you to read the entire article linked above:
In 1985, the Tebow family, with four children, was living in the Philippines as missionaries. Pam Tebow contracted amoebic dysentery, likely from contaminated drinking water. She fell into a coma and received strong drugs to combat the infection.
It turned out she was pregnant with her fifth child. Those drugs caused the placenta to detach from the uterine wall, depriving the fetus—which I prefer to call the child—of oxygen.
When it was realized that she was pregnant, doctors stopped the drugs but said that the high doses of medicine had already damaged the fetus (you don’t call him or her a baby when you want him aborted, but in fact that “product of conception” was Timmy Tebow, the same person who is now just older and bigger).
The doctors believed there was danger to Pam and that the baby would not survive, or if he did, would have very serious problems.
His parents went to the best doctor in their area of the Philippines. The doctor told his mother in a slow monotone that “An abortion is the only way to save your life.”
As Tim says in his book, “According to [the doctor], the ‘mass of fetal tissue’ or ‘tumor’—me—had to go.”
Pam refused to have an abortion and asked for God’s help. She was in bed rest at a Manila hospital for the final two months of the pregnancy.
Bob and Pam prayed for a healthy baby, but left that up to God.
Let's talk about "coincidence."
The following is from "Got Questions?org".
The word "coincidence" is used only once in the New Testament, and it was by Jesus Himself in the parable of the Good Samaritan. In Luke 10:31, Jesus said, “And by a coincidence a certain priest was going down in that way, and having seen him, he passed over on the opposite side.” The word coincidence is translated from the Greek word synkyrian, which is a combination of two words: sun and kurios. Sun means “together with,” and kurious means “supreme in authority.” So a biblical definition of coincidence would be “what occurs together by God’s providential arrangement of circumstances.”
What appears to us as random chance is in fact overseen by a sovereign God who knows the number of hairs on every head (Luke 12:7). Jesus said that not even a sparrow falls to the ground without our Father’s notice (Matthew 10:29). In Isaiah 46:9–11, God states unequivocally that He is in charge of everything: “I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.”
He really does have the whole world in His hands.
Be At Peace. Be Fearless. Be Blessed.