Tim Tebow’s NFL career got a bad rap.
The former quarterback single-handedly led his Denver Broncos to the playoffs and then bounced the heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round. And then he was passed around from franchise to franchise until ultimately retiring. He was better than that.
But Tim Tebow just delivered an Easter sermon and took a shot at this NFL team that traded for him to be a big part of their franchise.
We could all use a little more Tim Tebow in our lives, right?
The two-time college football national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and dual sport athlete makes his rounds talking about sports on ESPN, but some producer would profit greatly by giving this beloved Christian his own television/radio show.
With the sports journalism realm filled with passionately anti-conservative liberal know-it-alls, we could use some objectivity. ESPN does have one conservative sports commentator, Will Cain, who just so happens to be the host of the Disney-owned liberal network’s fastest growing show. But outside of Cain, the pickings are slim.
Why not Tebow? The ratings would be through the roof.
But when he’s not writing books, playing minor league baseball, being a college football analyst for ESPN, or giving his time to organizations that specialize in children with special needs, Tebow is giving Easter sermons.
With churches closed to the public due to the crisis sweeping America, Tebow preached during a livestream of Passion City Church’s Easter service.
Tebow likened Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross as being one of the “greatest trades in world history” to sports.
He preached, “What we are talking about is the greatest trade in the history of the world. There have been some really big trades. The Red Sox traded Babe Ruth [to the Yankees] for $100,000. How’s that for a trade?”
There’s no question that Ruth’s trade was the biggest steal in sports history.
Tebow added, “Wayne Gretzky was traded for a couple of scrubs. How’s that for a trade? I got traded to the Jets. How’s that for a trade? That didn’t work out for anybody. When’s the last time a Jets trade worked out? Anyway, that’s beside the point.”
The Jets traded for Tebow after Peyton Manning’s arrival in Denver, hoping that the former Florida Gator alum would replace Mark Sanchez. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out.
Sanchez regressed faster than any quarterback in NFL history. This was a guy who went to back-to- back AFC Championships. But Tebow’s presence in the Big Apple became a media distraction.
But apart from sports, what’s the biggest trade in world history? Tebow has that answer.
He added, “[Accepting Jesus Christ as your savior] is the greatest trade in the history of the world. Why is this the greatest trade? You need to understand this, so you can understand the old versus the new. Do you know what the old is? Sin, dead, darkness, bondage, separation, lost, baggage. Do you know what the new is? Righteousness, alive, light, freedom, united in Christ, found, child of God, purpose, son, daughter, home in heaven, paid for. That’s what the new is.”
It’s incredible that he’s able to have such a positive worldview when you consider how much the liberal sports media unfairly criticized him. They mocked his play, his Christian faith, and they also told him he’d never be a professional baseball player.
He proved them all wrong.
Tebow concluded, “So you know what? We need to compare. When we accept Jesus for what he did on the cross in rising from the dead, we go from sin to righteousness, dead to alive, darkness to light, bondage to freedom, separation to united in Christ, lost to found, baggage to purpose, slave to son and debt to paid for. That’s what the trade is. And you want to understand the best part of the trade is that it’s free, is that it’s gift. It’s not about how good we are. It’s not about how much money we have. It’s not about what we bring to the table. It’s what Jesus did on the cross. It’s the free gift of eternal life.”