John 3:16 “For God so loved the world as to give His only begotten Son: that whosover believeth in Him may not perish, but may have life everlasting.” Douay-Rheims Bible.
John 3:16 is Jesus speaking to Nicodemus, a Jewish leader who came to visit him at night. The whole conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus is from John 3:1 to John 3:21. Jesus also spoke to Nicodemus about the necessity of water Baptism in verse 5. Jesus also condemned the heresy of justification by faith alone in verse 20 when He refers Himself as the Light and those that do evil hate the Light. (Also read John 1:1-14 which Catholics read every Sunday as the Last Gospel).
John 3:16 is a good verse to quote. But I wonder how it got to be that people quote this verse more than any other at football games. I do not know the answer to this question. Tebow looks like he is the real deal as a devout Christian who is not given to the sins of impurity and fornication. I hope he is. I hope his football skills and his pure living and his devoutness to Christ leads other to Christ. It would be better if Tebow were Catholic, but that is not the point of this article.
Tebow has led the Broncos to a great comeback over the second half of the season to finish 8-8 and win the AFC West. The victories were borderline miraculous and all were dramatic. The defeats Tebow have suffered have looked bad. Tebow in many of his games looked bad for the first 55 minutes only to pull a rabbit out of his hat in the last five. Tebow led the Broncos to another dramatic victory in the wild card game with an 80 yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime.
Tebow has not shown in his second season and his first playing season as quarterback that he will be a Hall of Fame quarterback. They will have their hands full against the New England Patriots, the No.1 team in the AFC who beat the Broncos in Denver earlier this year. Does God care who wins football games? I don’t think so. But the Tebow saga has been interesting. I’ll be watching Saturday night.