Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tebow's Eye-Black: Hebrews 12: 1-2

Tim Tebow's eye-black tonight -- in a sea of fans wearing their own eye-black in tribute -- was from Hebrews 12:1-2, which reads:
1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
I really liked part 1 of the passage -- something that had to be an intentional reference to the frenzied Swamp crowd he would be playing in front of.

(It is worth noting that as of 10 pm on Saturday night, "Hebrews 12:1-2" was the No. 1 most-searched term on Google Trends.)


  1. I think it's fair to say that if he had intended this as a double entendre, there would have been no reason to include verse 2.

  2. Since the passage itself uses the image of an athletic contest before many spectators, I'd be surprised if Tim wasn't thinking at least a little of football games in front of the fans. My vote is that he meant it both ways-- a farewell to his career as a Gator that was ending, and a recommitment to the race of life that continues.