The most searched Google term on Monday was John 3:16. You can thank Tim Tebow for that.
This followed the Denver Broncos play-off win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. The Broncos’ victory came in a dramatic fashion. It was the quickest overtime score in NFL playoff history. After the exciting game, Twitter lit up with some interesting numbers. It was widely reported that Tebow threw for 316 yards against the Steelers, and The Associate Press tweeted Tebow’s average of 31.6 yards per completion. Both echo Tebow’s favorite bible verse. Before I got too carried away, a friend quickly pointed out that chapter and verse numbers are not inspired and were added to the Bible much later. I appreciated the insight.
It all started when Tebow wore the scripture reference on the black marks under his eyes during the National Championship Game in 2009. After that game the term “John 3:16” was reportedly Googled more than 90 million times.
You can’t deny that the Tebow craze has swept the country leaving a strong impact on society. But not everyone is a fan of the Christian athlete. Tebow was mocked in a “Saturday Night Live” skit in which Jesus told the QB to “take it down a notch.” There’s an entire website dedicated to Tebowing, and the term is even listed in the Urban Dictionary.
Whether you’re a fan or not, you can’t deny one thing — Tebow has proclaimed the gospel in a most unique way. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16