Tebowmania is now in the Empire State! That’s right! On Wednesday night, quarterback Tim Tebow was traded to a new team, the New York Jets. The trade sends a 4th round and a 6th round pick to the Denver Broncos, although we will not see an official press conference until Monday. Even though I am a New England Patriots’ fan, I always cheer for Tim Tebow and I still will do that because as Christians, we have to support our fellow brother in Christ.
Head coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum have insisted repeatedly that Mark Sanchez will be the starting quarterback when the season begins in 2012. As for Tebow, well he will be the backup and be part of a special Wildcat package that offensive coordinator Tony Sparano ran when he was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. However, there’s a report in today’s New York Daily News that Tebow thinks he has a clear path to become the starter, which I think he will be by the time the 2012 season is over.
I was stunned when I heard that Tebow chose to go to the big city rather than go home to Jacksonville. But, then I thought to myself, maybe he does not care that much about going back home. Instead, you have to think about it more narrowly from an off-the-field perspective. The opportunity to spread the Gospel in one of the largest cities in the world is something that he could not pass up, especially when his goal in life is to bring people to Christ.
Think about where the Jets stand today. This is a team that last year finished 8-8 by losing its last three games. The locker room has been divided with the sole issue surrounding Sanchez and his number one wide receiver, Santonio Holmes. Their head coach, Rex Ryan admittedly lost control of the locker room and they are a team that cries Super Bowl, but they never seem to make it there. You have to think with all the rambunctious characters in that locker room (Holmes, Darelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie) that maybe it is time for a little change.
Now, in God’s eyes, everyone is a sinner and we cannot be saved unless we believe that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. While on this earth, Jesus showed what his true purpose on the Earth was and that was to bring sinners to Him. As the story broke that the Jets were interested in Tebow on Monday night, I thought back to Jesus’ calling of Matthew in the Gospel of Matthew.
The context of the story comes from a group in Christ’s time called the Pharisees who taught that the Law was the only way to salvation and if you were any bit of a sinner, you are condemned in God’s eyes. The people in Galilee and the surrounding areas were waiting for the Messiah to come to redeem them both spiritually and from the Jewish authorities and Roman Empire.
In this story, Jesus reclines at Matthew’s house, who is deemed a bad person in society because of his job as a tax collector. The Pharisees view him as unclean because of this. “And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” (Matthew 9:11).
This led Jesus to show what his true mission was on the Earth and how He shows great mercy to all of us sinners. “But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:12-13)
When we come to Christ, we need that culture change! The LORD takes our old life and changes us into a person that’s sole purpose on Earth is to serve HIM! In biblical times, particularly in Old Testament times, we see that sacrifice is not the de facto way to please God, but it’s the meaning behind the sacrificethat is seen in God’s eyes. (ex: Cain and Abel – Genesis 4)
Am I suggesting that Tim Tebow is going to save the Jets in the same way? No, not at all! What I am saying is that I praise God that Tebow may look at Jesus as an example of how we can change the culture of people’s lives and show them that the Lord is the only way to eternal life.
I live in New York and I am glad that Tim Tebow is here and the next few months should be great to see the impact he has both on the field and in the New York community as well.
Today, I exhort you to reach out to a friend and try to show them how Jesus changed the culture of your life. I pray today that I can do the same for somebody because especially in New York or anywhere around the world, there is that temptation to just keep Jesus to ourselves. No, we need to share the love of Christ with everyone around us! There will be people that think they do enough good deeds for heaven, but the lost will be found when they look to the cross!