Tim Tebow’s John 3:16 Story (Behind-The-Scenes)

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Even if you don’t follow sports closely, you have likely heard of Tim Tebow. He was the 2007 Heisman winner and lead the Florida Gators to two BCS National Championships. Tim also played for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets in the NFL and is a current professional baseball player and SEC Network analyst. However, despite all those impressive accomplishments, Tim Tebow is likely most known for his Christian faith.

In this “Follow Jesus,” video which you can view below, Tim Tebow shares the story behind his John 3:16 eye black. Tim began wearing Bible verses on his eye black as a way to share his faith with millions of people instantly. His began by wearing Phil 4:13 for numerous Florida games cumulating with a title run. When Florida arrived at the championship that would decide it all and crown a champion, Tim Tebow felt convicted to change the verse. He chose John 3:16. During the broadcast of the game, Tim later learned that over 94 million people had Googled the verse.

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After this, he became almost synonymous with John 3:16. Years later, after winning a playoff game with the Denver Broncos, Tim was told that he passed for 316 yards, averaged 31.6 yards per pass, CBS ratings during the game peaked at 31.6, and John 3:16 became the number one trending topic on Twitter and Google. Tim’s reaction to this news was “Our God is a big God.” He thought it was just about a football game, but it was about so much more.

Although you likely know the verse by heart, let’s look again at the verse that inspired Tim Tebow and countless other believers throughout history:

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but will have everlasting life.”