Colton and Akiane’s Jesus

Nearly three years had passed since Colton’s surgery, and about two and a half years since he first described Jesus to me. . . Of the literally dozens of portraits of Jesus we’d seen since 2003, Colton had still never seen one he thought was right.

Well, I thought, may as well see what he thinks of Akiane’s attempt.

I got up from the desk and hollered up the stairs for Colton to come down to the basement. . . Colton bounded down the stairs and popped into the office. “Yeah, Dad?”

“Take a look at this,” I said, nodding toward the computer monitor. “What’s wrong with this one?”

He turned to the screen and for a long moment said nothing.


But he just stood there, studying. I couldn’t read his expression.

“What’s wrong with this one, Colton?” I said again.

Utter silence.

I nudged him in the arm. “Colton?”

My seven-year old turned to look at me and said, “Dad, that one’s right.”

(From Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo)

Akiane Kramarik was eight years old when she painted this portrait of Jesus! (Used by permission.) Her home page:


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9 Responses to Colton and Akiane’s Jesus

  1. Diane Lowell says:

    I have read both the Piper and Burpo books. Sometimes I was amazed. Many times I questioned
    the events as portrayed. I do believe we Christians tend to cling to accounts such as these for confirmation that we have a Creator, and a Savior and that we will be with them in heaven someday. I cannot say that I believe these accounts happened as written, but that does in no way shake my faith in God.

  2. Diane Lowell says:

    Google “John MacArthur on Visiting Heaven.” He discusses the Burpo book and says it is not true. He debunks all stories about people dying, going to heaven and coming back with their accounts of what happened. He likens these episodes to “visions.” He quotes Pro 30:4. Also see John 3:13 and 6:46. I am surprised that more readers of this blog have not weighed in on this topic. I will admit that many of my cherished friends love this book.

  3. Jessica says:

    Eye-witness accounts like these and Lee’s seem solid to me. I think God is giving us more evidence in these last days–not only eye-witness accounts but discoveries like the remains of the chariot wheels on the Red Sea bottom, etc.–because of the intensity of the end-time oppression and deception. They make me so homesick only the pain my death would cause those I leave behind keeps me from wanting to go Home now!

    When my first husband Eric (Rick) was dying, Richard Brown, a former pastor of our church and principal of our local Christian school, whom we knew well and trust as a reliable witness, came to visit and pray for him. He sat near the foot of Rick’s hospice bed in our den. I was so exhausted from care-taking for 18 months I just went and lay down on the couch alongside the bed and let the pastor sit there while I dozed. After about 30 minutes, he got up and I followed him to the door to let him out.

    As he was leaving he turned to me and said matter-of-factly, “There were two angels sitting at the head of Rick’s bed.” I was too weary for the comment to register enough to ask him about them.

    Rick died a few days later. I have accepted it as true that angels came and waited to escort him Home.

    My mother wrote about her grandmother visiting her and sitting on the end of her bed when my mother was 69, five years before her own death: I have no problem believing that. Nana was completely in character and didn’t do anything weird or lead my mother astray doctrinally, just left her knowing heaven is real and the people who, knowing Jesus, have gone before us are alive, healthy and at peace.

  4. beenthere says:

    When you have an experience like this there is no one in this world that can tell you you didn’t have it or that it was just a figment of your imagination. All sorts of people try and “debunk” and prove these sort of experiences aren’t real and I just have to laugh. People that never have had these experiences trying to prove people that have had them, wrong.

    Then why don’t we say that half of the experiences in the Bible that people have had were just figments of their imagination? There are some pretty wild tales told in scripture…wouldn’t you say?

    I’ve had an experience like this. I’ve also seen an angel. Debunk me- I don’t care. I know what I saw, felt, heard and I KNOW it was not a figment of my imagination. I also believe every shred of scripture to be true, even MORE so now because I’ve experienced those things that people can only try, with feeble minds, to understand.

    There is a lot that is hidden that will be revealed in time. The Lord said that we see thru a glass darkly, you have no idea how dark the glass is. I’ve been “privileged” to see a small speck, a fleck of light that is to come. Debunk all you want, makes no difference to me. It only makes me sad for those who are so rooted in this earth they cannot imagine what the next one will be like. Who are so narrow in their interpretations that they can’t see beyond their own nose. But, they can’t escape death, and THEN they will know! Perhaps some stories are “made up” -people lie. That’s life here on earth. But I’m not one of the liars. These things do happen. There is a whole spiritual world most people know nothing about. The Lord didn’t tell us everything, you know-not exactly. Once you have an experience like this it changes your whole life. You can never go back to the way you lived before, who you were before.

    There will always be debunkers-people who make a living out of debunking and those who believe them or those who debunk the debunkers! It will always be like that until the end. But that won’t change the fact that these experiences are real. Have one, and you will never be the same again.

  5. Diane Lowell says:

    We have had incidents similar to yours, Jessica, and I believe they they truly happened (Just not the whole shebang, like visiting heaven.) I certainly believe what Richard said because we had 2 experiences like this; one involved Chuck Horton and my brother).

  6. Diane Lowell says:

    Thanks for your input. I would like to hear about your experience that was like Colton’s. John MacArthur’s purpose is not to debunk. I am sure he realizes that there is a whole spiritual world that we cannot comprehend. Maybe he is narrow in his interpretation of heavenly visits (people from earth going to heaven, not people or angels coming here). I am attempting to make my vision more clear about these accounts, that’s all. May God give us a spirit of love as we discuss this.

  7. Jesus as a blue-eyed European movie star? I think not…

  8. Spiffy says:

    Well, yeah, except this guy’s eyes are olive green, and he looks like a pretty ordinary man to me, like someone you would meet out on the street. (old fashioned outfit and ‘do aside) I hate the blue eyed, pretty white model-style pictures of Jesus too, but this isn’t really one of them.

  9. Njae2000 says:

    Yup….looks just like Jim Caviezel….!

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