Heaven Is For Real: Painting

A young boy emerges from life-saving surgery with remarkable stories of his visit to heaven.

Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn’t know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.

Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how “reaaally big” God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit “shoots down power” from heaven to help us.

When the parents, upon discovery that Colton saw Jesus, pointed to modern pictures of Jesus saying, “How about this one?” only to be shot down by Colton’s critique. After a couple of years, they came across a young girl named Akiane who also claimed to have a vision of Christ and heaven. She was an artist and painted a picture of Jesus. Upon showing this to Colton, he said, “That is it! That is Jesus.” So, this is what Jesus really looks like according to Colton and Akiane Kramarik:

Akiane Website
Heaven Is For Real Website

What do you think?


  1. Scam artists collide!

    • As you may or maynot know, the Bible was written by man through Devine intervention. God has nothing to prove to anyone; either you believe or not. You don’t think that God still communicates to us in different forms? In the Bible are scriptures that indicate that God communicates in visions, dreams and in some instances direct communication. The fact that some people are blessed with visions, messages and talents that appear to be from God does not make it any less truth to a true believer. Satin is the only “true” scammer and he is the one to worry about. Deceivers are out there “yes” and we all must be well aware when they attempt to deceive, People will believe what they want; believe in the tooth fairy, believe in the easter bunny, believe in santa clause, believe in superman. Quit resisting…believe in God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit for they will protect you from the “true scammer”.

      • Sorry to be rude, but... says:

        …people will take you a lot more seriously if you know how to spell “divine”….and knowing not to capitalize it.

        • ….So you know grammar and how to spell…great for you, but I know how to achieve eternal life, and that is by believing in Jesus as my Savior; accepting Him into my heart, body, and soul; repenting my sins;being baptized with the Holy Spirit, and walking daily with Him in lightness, not darkness.

          • Absolutely ….you have to know Jesus to get to Heaven…not grammar…

          • Chris Heatherly says:


          • Jesus came to save the whole world, not just believers. While your life and understanding may be transformed by believing (depending on how mature you are in the Word), that does not save you. God did not leave it in our foolish hands to save ourselves… He saved us, all of us, believers and non believers alike.

          • What if everyone who dispels this event is wrong? Then what? Is it not more probable that this actually happened than didn’t? What does this person who wrote this have to really lose by submitting this? Maybe just maybe, this is what they witnessed and is a sign to all of us that hope eternal is something that we can all latch onto.

        • maybe it was a typo, funny how that’s the only thing you could find to nitpic about

        • i had no problem reading the post. i need not be a wizz at spelling, i am thankful for the two eyes to see with, for there are some who wold love to see what another has writen. please take the log out of your own eye before trying to remove the splinter from someone elces eye. I pray you know what that means and if you do not then its time you read the Bible.

        • Not-perfect-just-forgiven says:

          Hey,”Sorry to be rude…”, I don’t think you really are, sorry that is. He capitalized Devine as an act of reverance to God. The Bible does say that the things of God are foolishness to the perishing world, and the things of the world are foolishness to God.

        • dgroover says:

          Rpen used divine to refer to intervention by our Lord and Savior, in that usage, isn’t it supposed to be capitalized?

          Divine might have been spelled incorrectly, but that kind of typo can be found in professionally written and published books.
          Please Note: When I said “our” Lord and Savior I wasn’t necessarily referring to you.
          - dgroover

        • Her spelling has nothing to do with the message!
          You should be ashamed of yourself.

        • Mr. Joshua Shaliach says:

          “Legalism,” is it of G-D or man?
          Does legalism please or displease G-D?
          You’re commit about correcting spelling and grammar, do you think it gloyfies G-D or yourself?

          • wow.. all of you believers of God,, but you all sure jumped at that guy like a pack of dogs. People never stop amazing me. Again.. WOW

          • ELIZABETH JARZOMBEK says:

            Amen! Christians are supposed to correct with love. That’s what Jesus did. And he may not even be wrong. (Although I believe he is and that Jesus’ human nature is middle eastern. I’ve seen photographs of people with light eyes in that ethnic group.)

          • ELIZABETH JARZOMBEK says:

            Sorry for the confusing post. I thought you were referring to CJ. He has some….unusual…ideas.

      • Amen!

      • Amen to this…wonderful post… Thank you…

      • Brittenia L.Lee says:

        Satan comes in all shapes and sizes and color.This fake picture if Jesus looks European. Jesus was not European I’m so sick of these fake images of Christ I can stream Why won’t anyone paint Jesus in his image instead of painting some exotic looking white man.Jesus is not WHITE !”!!!

        • Brittenia L.Lee says:

          No one can paint a picture of Christ because they have never seen him !!!! God said in the last days there would be false prophets!!! Now I’m convinced!!!

        • Wiild Rumpus says:

          This picture of Jesus does not look European or “white” to me; it looks Middle Eastern and Jewish, which is appropriate since Mary was. As for the other “half” of the biological origin of his body, I firmly believe God could have made him green with pink hair and purple eyes if He wanted to! I advocate meeting people on common ground based on a firm foundation of what is essential in Christianity rather than worrying about superficial issues.

          • European or Middle Eastern both are wrong. Christ was as BLACK man. Read his physical description in Revelations. A lot of people like to skip right past that part for some odd reason. Also, if he and his parents were white how could they hide from Herod in Egypt which was black Nubians at the time?! They’d stick out like a sore thumb.

        • How do you paint love?


          Some middle easterners have light eyes. The skin tone in the painting is olive and the hair is dark. It could very well be what Our Lord looked like. And when Colton Burpo’s dad showed him other pictures people had painted (more “European looking” pictures) Colton said they were wrong. This is the one he recognized as Jesus.

        • You’re right. That boy came into contact with familiar spirits aka demons. Christ would not appear completely opposite from the description in Revelations 1:14,15 which totally contradicts what the boy described. So I guess he was a black man on earth (as Revelations describes) and transformed into a white man in heaven, lol! Give me a break!

          For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. Matt 24:5

          Many are being deceived as we can see in the comments.

      • Amen faith in Jesus is what’s life is all about. God is love and I truly want to go to heaven. We all must have this great desire. Jesus suffered on the cross for all of and I am so grateful.

      • Shun Jones says:

        Amen! Well said!!

      • Emily Piscitelli says:

        Heaven is for real and it’s within us as Jesus taught us. It’s not so complicated to understand nor believe if one can love, laugh and bring cheer to those that need a warm heart. We are here for one another to be there for one another and not against one another. As we have true spirits within us, so too are there true spirits in Heaven and all around us as God’s loving angels. So I agree with all of those that are not afraid to proclaim His Holy Name, from now until eternity. God will prevail and the evils of mankind will be judged and cast into the outer darkness never to be alive again. There will be a new Heaven and a new Earth, as Jesus promised us. And all of us that know in our hearts the real truth will return to our Heavenly Father from whence we came. I look forward to the day when I return to Him again. He loves us all and we know it. Only a dark soul cannot see or feel it, nor can they understand His love, mercy and kindness, and most of all His forgiveness. We need to pray for them and love them regardless as our Savior taught us. And then the Kingdom of Heaven will be ours forever! Amen!

    • Even as you wrote this, you were and are dearly and deeply loved by God. Although you don’t know Him, Jesus Christ knows you and if you ever decide to reach out to Him–He will prove Himself real to you. The Lord is so wonderful, so faithful, so loving, so powerful, so compassionate–and you are precious to Him–even now, that’s why He died for you. He lives!

      • Amen

      • Ronnie Pauze says:

        When you wrote that jesus is wonderful, faithful, etc.You were right on most, but one. Jesus does not have to be faithful to us he has nothing to prove.We are the one’s to prove to him our faith.

        • Every step we take in life is proof of our love of life. How we respect ourselves, each other, the world we interact with is our proof of living in the light of our Divinity. The proof of walking in the light of Jesus is to see all suffering and to hold each other in the love that we are all born from. To have any feelings of anger and having to bring justice for wrong doings is to not know this love.

        • Jesus “does” have to be faithful to us. He gave us a promise that if we believed in him, we would have eternal life. Jesus is “faithful” to us, and we are to be “faithful” to him. I believe his promise.

    • Oh Nik…I think I can speak for all believers by saying we are so sad that you don’t have the light of Jesus in your heart. It brings us such joy! I know you don’t want us to but we are compelled by our Savior to pray for that to change.

    • Luke, Chapter 16:
      “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment. ’
      “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them. ’
      “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent. ’
      “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead. ’”

    • Who cares if there is a mis spelled word. Divine is that two four year old who never meet each other can see the true loving an merciful Jesus. The Little girl I think from Europe somewhere starts with draining the eye of Jesus. The eyes are the window to the soul and Jesus has remarkable and captivating eyes . Blue green with slight hints of brown. We are talking about two four year old who were inspired by God to like the apostles to go forth and live in a world of love and truth. To deliver a message . God would never criticize a person for his misspelling but will judge you for everything that comes off your lips or finger tips. people can not accept this because they don’t want to change their selfish ways . Why has it become so ridicule to become kind and loving . live in Gods world not man’s world and you will find peace.

    • Nik, I do not see how on earth you would think a 4 yr. old could be a scam artist. That’s so sad you don’t “believe” in God, Jesus & Heaven. Did you bother to see the movie? It’s excellent!

    • Brittenia L.Lee says:


    • Judge not how do you know this preciuos little boy is not telling his experience and it is factual. The Spitual realm is truly amazing. God is amazing and His Word never comes back void. Before He (Jesus) what a beautiful name, left this earth He said He had a place for us with many mansions. My prayer for you is that God can touch your heart and soften your hardness and that all spiritual blindness and the scales from your eyes be removed so that you don’t perish. I pray all this in the precious and mighty name of Jesus ♡♡♡

    • some things are better left unsaid

    • awomanoftruth says:

      Yes she is because the word of God was written and is finish. God will not change but man will change everything. Yes, even a child is known by his deeds and this deed is pure blasphemy of the written word of God.


        How is she blaspheming? I’m really trying to understand. I do disagree that children before the age of reason (It’s different for each child but usually about age 7.) are capable of sinning.

    • God has worked his will through these children Bless them both….:)

  2. I love my Lord Jesus. When I saw this pic ( I know He appreciates my sense of humor), but I saw His hair and said ‘Cool hair! Looks like an 80s haircut!’ :-) No matter what He looks like, I love Him and am looking forward to seeing Him face to face!

  3. Sorry, but I don’t buy it. The child was “upset” when he saw Jesus?! Jesus had to “use things and people that he liked to calm him down”?! I don’t think so.

  4. weather you buy it or not that will not change the fact as to weather its true. As for me I will serve the Lord it is a MUCH safer bet to err on the side of reason then on the side of doubt.

    • oops err on the side of faith

      • David Mehrer says:

        It takes more faith to believe He doesn’t exist than to believe He does. First, you have to do the homework to investigate the historical Jesus. I strongly suggest ‘The Case For Christ” by Lee Strobel for starters. I find that most people who challenge Christianity haven’t actually studied it very deeply. I think one of the points about greater faith is that the consequences of being wrong are much greater for the non-believer. That may not be a reason to believe, but it’s surely a reason to investigate.

    • I most definitely believe it. God is trying to wake people up before it’s to late.

    • So you have faith in a 4 year old boy’s story? Whether you believe him or not is not going to bring you salvation. Modern day Christians get too emotional.

  5. Jennifer.C says:

    Wow… When I saw this painting inside “Heaven is for real”, I melted. How Ms. Akiane painted Jesus for us to see Him like that, she has some talent. The way He looks, I don’t know, it is past description for me. It just fills me with gratitude and love for Jesus. I love him so much! Ever since I was little I knew who Jesus was but not until recently has my heart come to fully understand and appreciate what Jesus has done for all of us. I can’t wait to die and see with my eyes and heart what Mr. Colton and Ms. Akiane has seen ahead of us.

  6. Jennifer.C says:

    Oops! In my lasyt message I accidently have in line four “him”, instead of Him.

  7. I read this book and thought I would be skeptical of the whole story. Instead I was blown away! It’s not like this family had anything to gain by any of this and kept it a secret for a long time. The boy had seen many pictures of Jesus before he saw her drawing and had kept saying they ones he saw were not right. BELIEVE!

  8. carol westgate says:

    The innocent reveal truth in god, Jesus & the holy spirit through their accounts of the face of Jesus by Colin as a 4 year old. How can you deny this fact?

  9. My copy is coming Friday. I will reserve judgement until I read the story. I need to see if my son (who had his own near-death experience) picks this photo out of a line-up as the person he insists he met.

  10. Levhuwani says:

    Jesus loves us all. I believe what is said by Mr. Colton and Ms. Akiane because I was also afforded the opportunity to visit heaven and hell in 2003.

  11. Leandrew Williams says:

    Nobody dont know what jesus look like

  12. After reading the book and about the girl, it is too amazing to not be true. No way would this all be by chance or faked. The kids are too young. The boy verified the painting as accurate, just as he did of old photos he’d never seen of his father’s relatives when young. Really incredible story- a message to heed.

  13. I read heaven is real and was sooo blessed by it ! Jesus has been so good to me ,all of my life ! God has given me dreams n visions that I know came
    From him ! I love him so much !

  14. I once had the most vivid dream with a man in it and I new immediately that it was Jesus. I saw this painting several years later and just melted. It is him! I know that and I loved it even more and was so thrilled when the boy from the book ‘Heaven Is For Real’ said the same thing! So awesome!

  15. I do not doubt these children at all. For THEY are Gods give to us.
    I even envy them! I can only hope that one day I too will be
    Blessed enough to meet my lord and savior Jesus Christ.
    The picture blew me away. And look at his eyes. Just WOW!
    So very greatfull the two shared with us all.
    May God bless all .

  16. *gift

  17. Norman Luis S. Mallari says:

    2 Corinthians 5:7 “We live by faith, not by sight.”

  18. Pastor Jimmy Smith says:

    Purely sensational!!! God reveals Himself in great ways. I’m so impressed not only by this young lady, but especially the way God revealed Himself to her. Please don’t listen to those who would doubt that this is true. You know in your heart that God has truly blessed you. Stay humble and receptive to the Holy Spirit and God will continue to use you in a powerful way. I’m in awe of the talent that God has given you!!!

  19. I believe in this. When people die it is know that they would go to heaven or hell. So the souls that do leave the body get to see diffrent things. If more than one person who had a near death expireance picked put the same exact picture and of diffrent ages i believe other would believe in our Creator.

  20. Believer says:

    Wow. I just saw the movie. It was beautiful. I cried through it all.

    • merritt koller says:

      My story about how I came to know Jesus was different. First I was reading Genesis and spirit of God entered my room and at that moment I knew there was a God but I didnt know Him but He knew me.Then the holy spirit showed me that I was a sinner, when I saw that in His word, it all came together, Jesus dddying on the cross for my sins, I simply ha faith and came to the father through the Son, ggot delivered from the spirit of flippancy and baptized in the Holy spirit. Its been 45 years/

    • Wiild Rumpus says:


  21. Notice that God chooses to reveal himself to mostly the young and innocent. He said that if we don’t become like children we cannot enter heaven. Children believes by blind faith.

  22. Mike London says:

    young boy draws Jesus, .. Checkmate atheists!!!

  23. Just came back from seeing the movie and on greatful to know that there is a heaven that I will go to.

  24. Smart phones will not be allowed in heaven. They aren’t so smart.

  25. This is surely the face of Jesus Christ. I promise you, we will ALL see him very soon whether we want to or not!!! I for one cannot wait!!!

    • Curt: I can’t wait either! I wish everyone would take a minute to read what the words are saying instead of being critical of spelling and grammar. I guarantee you, Christ is not going to grade you on your writing skills. Love Him with all your heart, mind, soul, and being.

  26. 1.It takes faith, even to be an atheist……..2. If they don’t have the Spirit of The Lord in them, they cannot discern spiritual things. 3. The movie was great and encouraged me.

  27. To Leandrew Williams, yes, someone does know what Jesus looks like – when He was here on earth – many people saw Him, and some of those people are who wrote the Bible, through the Holy Spirit. And yes, the little boy in this story who died and went to Heaven knows what Jesus looks like. Jesus also revealed to the child prodigy artist who painted His portrait what He looks like, and the child who died confirmed it. In a world of relativism, these are my truths – that I will serve Him with my life, and that He will return – soon – to gather His church. Please learn about this event, and get ready – it’s going to happen. You don’t want to be left behind.

  28. What a wonderful gift. God works in mysterious ways that we humans will never understand until we meet Him face to face. I would love to have visions of heaven as this young girl does, but my faith that there is a heaven is strong. Can’t wait to see it.

  29. God wants us to love. To heal.

  30. CHARLES WALKER says:


  31. I really love this picture or painting of Jesus Christ our Lord. This is a true picture of Christ as he represents the entire race and colour of this universe or earth we live in. The true Jesus is not an American, nor european, neither is he black, white or blond (long) hair with blue eyes as many has misled the world. Christ came to identify himself with us (people on earth). Emmanuel.

  32. You guys should learn to be nice
    Whatever the word is ,Devine ,
    You should at least have some Curtsy and be nice to others
    Show some kindness in your heart

  33. Kristin Kinkaid says:

    I wad blown away by this whole story is amazing and I think there is a reason for everything that happens to Colton.I have been very blessed to have Jesus in my live and nothing will ever take my belief in him away. The painting of this wonderful young makes my faith grow even more .The love that shines and oozes from Jesus’s eyes in the painting is soo beautifully done .

  34. amen

  35. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord!!!!
    And you don’t come back to earth!!!!!
    God Bless their dreams and visions and imaginations. They make for a good movie!

  36. There is a place for cynics…..but what if this is a genuine opportunity to experience our Lord and Savior through the innocent eyes of a child…doubt if you must,as for myself I found a message of god’s love for us all and I shall be thankful for it….I pray that his mercy opens your hearts as well-MarineRobert

  37. I believe Jesus was a very handsome man. Jesus was sinless and the women were probably all over him and it took free will not to have relations with them. Most men would not be able to do that! I cannot wait to see Jesus!

  38. Annannemaus says:

    Looks like Barry Manilow, lol.

  39. truthinjesus says:

    now not of sin yet. Like the teachers of the Jewish temple, thinking they understood the law, such as the Sabbath and conflict with Jesus on the day of rest, Matthew, 12:11 And he said onto them, what man there shall be among you, that shall have one sheep and it fall into a pit on the Sabbath day, will he not hold on it, and lift it out? 12:12 how much better than a sheep? Wherefore it Is lawful to do well on the Sabbath. .. My point, who are you to decide where, when, and whom he reveals his face too, when no scripture says he refuses too or will not… if so, it be sinners for they/ We are not worthy if such a law. Still, a child would not fall under this law. You or I can state, it’s false, can’t happen or any other self justified denial. .. Because from the beginning of man, we never understood him or the word, in any meaning with absolute or without him. This shows, all the more, Why we need him. To comment, as a “matter of Fact” is proof how little you really know. You don’t have to be dead, to see what the Maker of the law Wills you to see. He has no barriers, nor will he make a law/word that would tie his fingers to what he can and can’t do… remember, “In the beginning was the word” and he is the word and perfect, and to reveal his face or bring a vision to someone, trust him, it is the perfect decision within his own word. And through out the bible, from the beginning, he has been doing Just that.
    Read Joel 2:28 `”And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit..” men, women, children will have visions, dreams, ect… I quoted enough… read for your self.. I do not care if I have spelling errors, the point is easily understood and said with faith in our lord and and he in heart… No one is wrong on the comments, it’s only when one speaks of Absolute, and leaves no room for the one thing that is Absolute, is being wrong! And that! The admission, is what makes us forgivable.

  40. truthinjesus says:

    The top portion of my comment was cut off, but I wrote:
    Children are pure at heart an sinless, especially at the ages such as these two mention on this blog.. Jesus said if only we could be like children, for the Know not of sin…
    My apologies

  41. David Brown says:

    I believe it all and think this is really what Christ looks like… I am saddened by the thought of making money off of the painting of Christ. I am sure Christ is not happy with the selling of his picture. such a great story and paintings but then it is all ruined by the selling of it. Not just selling but the exorbitant prices… So sad

    • He probably wouldn’t be happy with the selling of his picture if he actually looked like that! Go read Revelations 1:14,15 and snap back into reality. Believe the word of God over any man, woman, child, movie, etc. It’s your only way to keep from being deceived.

      • CHARLES WALKER says:

        You may be right about the painting but only Jesus knows the answer. John saw Jesus as he appeared to him but it seems possible that Jesus can look any way he chooses to anyone.

      • SHUT UP CJ. If you had actually read the Bible you would know that Jesus appeared to many people, not just John, and he looked different every time. He didn’t always have white hair or blazing eyes. Sometimes he had a glow, sometimes he didn’t. Most of the time he looked as he did when he was alive.

  42. Jesus is my friend, he is my savior.
    I am now so much happy , by watching this movie, i now know
    his real face.. he has never forsaken me

  43. So if the painting depicted a black man as John describes Christ in the book of Revelations (1:14,15) would you all feel so warm and fuzzy inside? Probably not because a lot of white christians are closet racists. This boy was deceived by demons who can shift themselves into the form of loved ones and strange men and say they are Christ. You all believe him because you want a savior that looks like you. It makes you feel good to think he is white. When according to the description in Revelation he is BLACK. Many of you will be VERY surprised when you see a man with bronze skin as if it were BURNT in a furnace (dark skinned-when you burn something it turns black) and a white woolly (blacks are the only ones with hair like wool) afro coming back!

    • SHUT UP CJ

      • Poor CJ sometimes when things don’t go our way we get angry. Grammatical errors are easy to make fun of but using Rev 1:14-15 as proof over what a 4 yr olds have seen is almost comical since his hair is white and his eyes like flame probably describes when Jesus is coming back but if that makes you have to believe he’s black that’s ok also but if your a Christian nobody should get so angry. This story is fantastic movie a little cheesy but if someone is helped by it’s probably better than lashing out in disbelief

  44. Well sense God is all knowing and his powers are limitless, could he not appear as a white European, or as a black guy, or women, or Asian, any ethnicity. Because if I remember right he created us in his image, so could he not appear to us as any color

  45. And as for you Cj you seem like the easiest one, singling out white Christians, adding if we would feel better if he looked like us, ask yourself those questions, because it seems you wouldn’t be happy unless he looked like you,I wouldn’t care what the man, our women looked like,I would just feel blessed to have seen him, bronze or clammy should not make any difference as to who he is as a person, are you sure that you are not the one being plagued by demons

  46. It shouldn’t matter what he looks like, God would not like us arguing and bickering about skin color or others beliefs, he would just want all of us to love him equally as he loves us. It should be that simple. and it’s complications like this that is making the world a cold and dark place, without love and respect, when we should come together as one And skin color our back round should have no meaning or significance. We are all the same in his eyes, so should we not be all the same in our own eyes, would that not be what he wants, for us to love our neighbor as we love our selves?

  47. Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the images on this blog loading?

    I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if
    it’s the blog. Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.
    - ABC102D.

  48. I’m happy because believers and unbelievers are commenting on the artist interpretation of Jesus Christ’s face. For me, I become more interested to study his word. Praying and hoping that someday in the afterlife, I will say that the picture is correct or not.

  49. Let us probe in the afterlife… just hope and pray that we will all be there! See you in the beginning of eternity friends! he he

  50. Literally impossible for Jesus to have looked like this! He was born in the Middle East to Middle Eastern parents. Certainly not a white blonde guy. The awesome thing about science is even if you don’t believe it, it’s still true! Jesus may have been a real guy but definitely not the “son of God.”

  51. Norb Gruman says:

    FYI I am 51 now. Its not a coincidence.

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