I like Tim Tebow. So this Broncos/Patriots playoff game hurt to watch a few months ago. There were no last-quarter or last-minute miracles. Tebow's team lost and they lost bad. Final score...45-10! They weren't just beaten, they were crushed.
Well, so much for anybody who thought Jesus is a ticket to the Super Bowl, or even a league championship! Because without preaching - just by living it - Tim's got us thinking of Jesus when we think of him. The media's been all over the Tim Tebow story. But Tim Tebow seems to want to redirect the attention to Jesus.
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Tim Tebow's Really Bad Day."
Yeah, I really wanted to see Tim and his Broncos pull out another stunning, odds-defying victory. But for those who've tended to think that Jesus was somehow validated by winning, I'd suggest the losing did it even more. And it's shown us why belonging to Jesus is a faith that wins even when you lose. Especially when you lose.
I was anxious to see how this media-bombarded quarterback would react after losing what was arguably the most important game of his career so far. Plus, it was after being the object of derisive chanting from Patriot fans.
He talked about his opponents. He said, "They played well...you've got to give them a lot of credit." He talked about his teammates: "I just want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and thank my teammates for the effort they put forth." And this season he said, "A very special opportunity for me; something I'm very thankful for and very thankful for the opportunity to build so many great relationships with teammates and coaches."
Oh yeah, then there was losing. He said, "Any time you're getting beaten like that, you just continue to fight. Every time I step on the field, I'm going to give my whole heart regardless of the score...I need to work and improve."
I'll tell you, Zack McLeod will never forget that game. Before each game, Tim Tebow spends some time with a child or young person who's living with serious disability. This week it was Zack, who used to play football, but suffered a massive brain injury. Tim said, "It was a good day because I got to spend time with Zack McLeod and make him smile...I got to make a kid's day...and that's more important than winning a game."
Wow! Grace, encouragement, big picture perspective, humility, taking responsibility, inner peace: That's what we heard from this Jesus-follower in the wake of a crushing defeat.
There's a reason for that; one that compels every one of us to think about Jesus being, as Tebow says, "my Lord and Savior." See, when you have Jesus, you're complete. The Bible literally says in our word for today from the Word of God in Colossians 2:10 , "we are complete in Him." With Jesus, we've got an "unloseable" identity. Whether you win or lose. Whether they're cheering or booing. When somebody loves you and when somebody drops you. When you've got a job; when you lose your job. When there's money in the bank, and when you're broke.
Let's face it, just about any belief works when you're winning. The test is when you lose "big time." And we all do, in one way or another. But when life is the worst, Jesus is at His best. The Bible says "nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:39 - NLT). See, we were, in God's words, "created by Him and for Him" (Colossians 1:16 ), and when you've got Him, you're still together, no matter what falls apart.
I can be totally sure of Jesus in the moments when there's nothing else I can be sure of. "We have this hope as an anchor, (the Bible says) firm and secure" (Hebrews 6:19 ). I'm safe in His love because of how far His love reached for me. It went all the way to the cross where He poured our His life-blood to pay the price for my sin and for yours, and tear down the wall between God and us. You can belong today to the One who loved you enough to die for you, who was powerful enough to walk out of His grave. So whatever you lose, you'll never lose Him. Or actually, He'll never lose you.
If you've never begun your relationship with Him, grab this one sure thing that there is; this man who loved you enough to die for you. Say, "Jesus, I am Yours beginning today." Let us help you begin your relationship with Him. Go to our website. Let me meet you there by way of video. It's YoursForLife.net. See, with Jesus you can lose it all and you can still have what matters most or Who matters most.