inspired by a post by Croteau_4_Christ
University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow has used his on-field attire to help make what may be the Bible's most popular verse a little more popular.
Eye black is a kind of grease that football players apply under their eyes to reduce glare. In a game that features 300-lb lineman chasing you down at full speed, you want all of the visibility that you can get. Incidentally, eye black is useful for more than seeing that last tackler or staying focused on a pass. Players frequently inscribe messages to express their personalities on the field. Examples include the always-fitting "Hi Mom" or the area code where the player grew up.
In last Thursday's BCS Championship game against the Oklahoma Sooners, the Florida Gators' Tebow inscribed "John 3:16" into his eye black. Thanks to various closeups of the renowned QB, the verse got plenty of airtime.
Tebow, born in the Philippines to American missionaries, is an outspoken Christian. He regularly spends his vacation time speaking at ministry events or participating in foreign mission trips. He normally promotes Philippians 4:13 in his eye black: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
According to Google Trends
, "John 3:16" was the hottest search term for a period of time after the BCS Championship Game. Plenty of college football fans must have been curious as to what the verse said. Thanks to Tebow's simple gesture, they likely came across: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.
One can assume that on this biggest of stages in college football, that Tebow chose to advertise the beautiful summary of the Gospel in Chapter 3 of John. Praise God, it looks like it worked.