This is one of those things that begs to be shared. Remember the book I told you guys about called “Heaven is for Real?” Well, basically, it’s the story about a four year-old boy named Colton that had major surgery, and during the surgery, he claimed to have gone to Heaven. In the weeks that followed, he told his parents about this journey and what he saw. One of my favorite parts of the book was when he talked about Jesus. He had described the way Jesus looked to his parents, but every time they showed him a picture of Jesus he said “That’s not Jesus” and would proceed to tell them what was wrong with that picture.
Well, one day, the family was watching a documentary that featured an artistic prodigy that claimed to have visions from Heaven. She painted a portrait called “Prince of Peace” (when she was only EIGHT years-old) of Jesus. The image of her painting came across the screen and Colton’s dad asked him what was wrong with this picture and he replied “Nothing. That’s him, Dad. That’s Jesus.”
So cool. How could he have known this painting came from another child that claimed to have seen God? He couldn’t have. He just knew what he saw and that image matched his memories.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago. My friend, Jocelyn, from bible study and our Sunday school class is a nurse practitioner and had to deliver some medication to her friend who is a hospice nurse, named Molly. Molly had been caring for a five year-old boy with leukemia. This sweet little boy died two weeks ago, but the events that led up to his death are astounding. When he was in the ICU and on a ventilator, he awoke and told his parents that Jesus had come to see him. Jesus told him that He wasn’t going to take him right now, but that He would come back for him in a little bit. This is according to the little boy.
When he was back at home and on hospice, he started to see Jesus again. At first, he was scared of Him. He would cry and tell his mom that he did not want to go with Jesus. She would try to pray with him, but he would freak out and get upset because he was afraid. After some time passed, this little boy said that Jesus was still coming to see him, but that he was not afraid of Him anymore.
One night, Molly was waiting for her relief nurse to come in, so she was sitting with the little boy. She said she felt someone walk up behind her, the little boy’s eyes got wide and the dog on his bed sat up and looked behind her, as well. She asked the boy’s mother (who just walked into the room) who was behind her. The mother said “no one.” The little boy said “Yes there is. Jesus is behind you.”
His mother also tried to show him pictures of Jesus, but he would deny any likeness to the “real” Jesus that he had seen. Well, just before his death, someone mailed them a picture to show him. When his mom showed it to him, he said “That’s Jesus!”
I wondered to Jocelyn if it was the same picture that Colton saw in the book, and we talked about how crazy that would be.
She called her friend and guess what picture it was?
“Prince of Peace.”
This is the portrait, by Akiane Kramarik.
Obviously, I have no idea if this is actually how He looks, but isn’t it kind of cool to think that it may be? I just wanted to share because it gave me chills when I heard it!
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