The retired Jaco van der Westhuyzen is a well-known South African rugby union player who represented several franchises across several major rugby playing nations, including England, South Africa, and Japan.
The above photo has him celebrating with his Bulls teammates after winning the Super Rugby Championship, which is an annual international tournament then featuring professional club sides from the three nations of Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand.
The reason behind Jaco’s Jesus is King shirt is because he had a potential career-ending injury while playing in the Currie Cup (another rugby union competition). The injury was severe and would very likely have ruled him out from playing any more rugby. However, after Jaco visiting the controversial Nigerian Prophet T. B. Joshua, the pastor at The Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria, he was purportedly fully healed from his leg injuries after the Prophet prayed a prayer of healing for him. Eyewitness camera footage of this event is available on YouTube. Jaco later explained to a local newspaper, the Observer, that he,
“had just broken into the Springbok team when I ruptured my posterior cruciate ligament playing against Western Province one Sunday in August 2000. The doctor took X-rays and said I needed to have an operation that Wednesday. I was really down, because I desperately wanted to go on the end-of-year Bok tour.”
“I was skeptical at first and I wasn’t too sure about the miracles. I read about them in the Bible but I thought: ‘Can this be true?’ Still, I decided not to have the operation and to take a leap of faith instead.”
Jaco found himself in a healing service of roughly 300 people gathered in a “healing line.” The Prophet Joshua walked down the line, identifying illnesses, and when he arrived at Jaco,
“he said I should remove my leg brace. He looked at me and it was like he had x-ray vision, like he could see immediately what was wrong with my knee. Moving his hands around as if he was tugging a rope, he seemed to pull out all the dirt and other stuff that was in my knee. Then he said to me: ‘Stand up and run.’ The brace had been on for weeks and running should have been impossible. Well, I trusted my faith and started to run – and at full speed. There was no pain.”
According to Jaco, this was a miracle. He managed a striking recovery from a potentially career-ending leg injury to go on to again play his sport. This is the reason he boldly displayed his Jesus is King shirt after his team won the Super Rugby competition.
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