While signing autographs after an Arizona Fall League game, Tim Tebow saw a fan having what appeared to be a seizure and prayed over him until the paramedics arrived.
Kari Van Horn, who is a reporter from ABC 15 news, shared on Twitter,
Tebow signing autographs. Fan has what looks like seizure. Not moving. Tebow puts hand on him and says a prayer. Man breathes. WOW … I just witnessed a MIRACLE. #Tebow.
Another person on the scene, who took video of the incident said on Twitter, “Tebow prayed with my friend after seizure and stayed 20 min until paramedics arrive.”
Emergency professionals arrived a short time later, and took the man to the hospital. There’s no update yet on his condition.
Tim Tebow, former NFL star, missionary kid and abstinence champion, prayed for a man to be healed. And he was.
According to local ABC affiliate KNXV, the former NFL star turned baseball minor leaguer ran to the side of Berry, reached down, and placed a hand on the sick man as he bowed his head to say a prayer. Witnesses say seconds after he was touched by Tebow, Berry jolted up and gasped for air, coughing loudly.
“It was a miracle moment that happened there,” another witness, Daniel Kelly, told the Associated Press.
Tebow stayed with Berry until the EMTs were able to administer care.
“You just remember what’s important,” Tebow later told ABC News. “Baseball’s awesome it’s something I’m so excited I get a chance to pursue, but what’s important is lives matter, people matter. This young man, he mattered. So my first instinct was to just be with him, put my hands on him and pray for him.
“We get caught up in so many different things, things that we’re pursuing and we forget about what matters most is the people around us,” he added.
Berry was transported to an emergency room by the Phoenix Fire Department.
The 30-year-old said he was doing fine at home after being released from the hospital, according to the Associated Press.
Pastor Alan Smith said it best in his article Denying the Supernatural, “We live in a culture that seems both fascinated by the supernatural and repulsed by it at the same time. TV shows, books and movies are filled with tales of invisible reality, supernatural occurrences, magic, and all kinds of fantasy.
Yet when it comes to Christianity, many resist taking scripture seriously regarding an expectation for miracles, divine encounters, angelic visitation, prophetic dreams, visions and all the other spiritual experiences that seem very normal in the Bible.
Our culture easily embraces the supernatural if it is limited to the world of fantasy and quickly rejects the supernatural if it is expected in our day-to-day lives. This rejection escalates significantly if such expectation is framed within a biblical worldview. The momentum of culture is building in direct opposition to the concept of the gospel of Jesus demonstrated with power and authority.
Christians far too often participate in this momentum and even contribute to it, settling for a gospel of theology and principles and ritual (all of which are good) and neglecting or even overtly resisting the biblical expectation for a gospel with power.
Smith, who prays regularly for the sick to be healed, wrote, “It fascinates me that in most cases, the Christians who resist expectation for the miraculous are the same ones who claim a very high view of scripture and scriptural authority. I fail to see how a high view of scriptural authority can on one hand uphold the principles and theology of scripture as being authoritative while rejecting the very miraculous and spiritual worldview that saturates the entire context of the same Bible that those principles and theologies are drawn from.”
“You cannot quote verses about justification by faith alone from a Bible that’s full of angels, demons, miracles, divine encounters, healing and deliverance and not embrace an expectation for the miraculous. Well, you can, but not in a way that consistently honors the authority of scripture. If what scripture teaches is authoritative, then the worldview and related experiences scripture presents as normal are also authoritative.”
He finished with the question, “How biblical are you prepared to be?”
It’s abnormal for Christians not to have an appetite for the impossible!
Bill Johnson in When Heaven Invades Earth.