Tim Tebow is one of the most polarizing figures in sports today. Seemingly, people either love him or hate him. He is arguably the best college football player ever. And yet, as a quarterback, he has struggled to throw the ball accurately. His ways are very unorthodox. And yet he continues to win. Only time will tell how successful his professional football career will be.
Perhaps the most polarizing aspect about Tebow is that he is an outspoken Christian, born of missionary parents. Many hate him for this and many love him for this. Some fans in Denver, wishing to show their love for him, have begun to don his #15 jersey, replacing the name “Tebow” with “Jesus.” This is a testimony to Tebow’s character. Unlike so many professing Christian athletes, he matches up his walk with his talk.
But, in their efforts to honor Tebow as their football messiah, the jerseys miss the point. Names on the back of jerseys are used to identify the one who wears the jersey. But Tim Tebow isn’t Jesus Christ. Tebow is a sinner saved by grace through faith in Jesus (Ephesians 2:8-9). Tebow’s desire is to see others believe in Jesus–the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).