After Years In Darkness, Akiane Kramarik’s Famous Painting Of Jesus Brought ‘Into The Light Again’
By Tara MolinaDecember 13, 2019 at 10:19 pm
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago-area prodigy Akiane Kramarik made a name for herself in the art world at just 8 years old when her painting of Jesus launched her career.
Then the piece disappeared, mistakenly sold, and kept out of the public eye for nearly two decades.
CBS 2’s Tara Molina reports, the artist recently recovered the work, titled “Prince of Peace.”
Divine timing and an unexpected Christmas present–that’s what Akiane Kramarik calls bringing the painting out of hiding after 17 years.
Sitting in her North Shore home studio, Kramarik walked us through her story.
“It’s still surreal to me. I’m not gonna lie,” she said.
From a shack in rural Illinois with her parents and brothers, to the “Oprah Winfrey Show”—when she was just 8-years-old
“My family was very, very poor. We grew up in an environment that was so nurturing and so caring. Everything around us was beautiful.”
And of course, the piece that started it all, Prince of Peace, a now famous depiction of Jesus.
“I don’t belong to any religions, I really belong to God.”
It took more than 40 hours for then 8-year-old Kramarik to finish the painting nearly twice her size.
Thousands of copies have been sold around the globe.
Now, years and hundreds of notable paintings later, she told us Prince of Peace is still her most recognized work.
The original is just now returning to view after it was taken by an agent and then, Kramarik says, “sold by mistake.”
It spent years in the dark.
“It was wrapped up underneath the stairs for many years,” Kramarik said.
It was recently recovered by her family and sold to a private collector for $850,000.
But it’s not the sale that is putting a smile on Kramarik’s face, it’s the timely gift of light.
“That was a Christmas present to me,” she said.
“It was amazing to me. To be able to see this into the light again, after so many years.”
The story is a reminder of words she works by–“Let Love Guide Your Life.”
“Love is so powerful,” she said. “It will always show up on time to people who need it most.”
THE ‘AGREEMENT’ OR ‘CONFIRMATION’ BY A SECOND WITNESS, ‘THE YOUNGEST OF CHILDREN.’
“I was in Heaven … I sat on Jesus’ lap.”
There’s more to the “Colton Burpo Picture of Jesus” story
If you’re looking for more information about the Colton Burpo Picture of Jesus, here you will discover little-known facts about this inspirational story. After surviving an emergency appendectomy, 4-year-old Colton Burpo told his parents: “I was in heaven.”
First, the book Heaven is for Real almost didn’t get written…
Todd Burpo never planned to turn Colton’s story into a book, and he never imagined it would be made into a film. In fact, the Heaven is for Real book was published in 2010, SEVEN (7) years after Colton’s heavenly experience.
Todd Burpo was quoted as saying, “We never wanted to write it. It was not something that we pursued … God brought people to us to keep prompting us to be willing to do it,” Todd said. “I never saw myself as a writer. I had a garage door business, I coached wrestling, I was a fireman, I’m still the state chaplain … I’ve got plenty of stuff to do.” But Todd and Sonja Burpo say they were called by God to tell Colton’s story.
Second (a ‘confirmation’), Colton Burpo identified Akiane’s “Prince of Peace” picture of Jesus as the Real Face of Jesus.
Fascinated by his experience and description of Jesus, Todd Burpo showed Colton hundreds of pictures of Jesus over the years. Colton was a matter-of-fact sort of kid and responded with short comments: No, the eyes are the wrong color. The hair’s not right. And so forth.
But in December 2006, Colton and his father Todd Burpo (author of the Heaven is for Real book) were watching CNN’s news story on Akiane Kramarik, the child prodigy who painted her visions of heaven, including mesmerizing images of Jesus. The news story highlighted Akiane’s “Prince of Peace” painting, completed when she was only 8 years old. Upon seeing “Prince of Peace,” Colton declared: “Dad, that one’s right.”
In that moment, Colton Burpo recognized the Real Face of Jesus … as he saw him in heaven!
“Prince of Peace,” painted by Akiane at age 8, is often referred to as the “Colton Burpo picture of Jesus,” as seen in the Heaven is for Real book and movie. Many have come to believe that “Prince of Peace,” – Akiane’s painting – is the Real Face of Jesus!
Here are a few of Colton Burpo’s quotes about his astounding trip to heaven and back:
“Jesus told me his cousin baptized him.”
“John the Baptist was really nice.”
“I was in heaven.”
“Jesus has brown hair and hair on his face … His eyes are so pretty … His clothes were white.”
“Jesus is the only one in heaven who had purple on” and wore a “gold thing on his head.”
“Everyone looks like angels.”
“Dad, Jesus was answering your prayer.”
“Jesus said he wanted daddy to become a pastor.”
“Jesus was really happy.”
“God really really loves us.”
“Jesus is right next to God.”
“Jesus really, really loves the children.”
“Jesus died on the cross so we could go see his Dad.”
“I get to go back to heaven.”
Revelation 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!
Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
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