“That is it! That’s Jesus!”

Have you talked with someone and had to imagine their face?  Have you ever been in a long distance relationship and never actually met them in person?  Have you ever had a pen-pal and with great excitement you wait til you get a picture of them?

We were made to do two things (well many more, like eat); 1) to behold glorious things (which is why we go to geological attractions like the Grand Canyon and the Niagra Falls), and 2) to behold the glory in each other.  We each have a shadow of the glory of Jesus in our faces.  We were made after his image, his likeness, bone of his bone.  And some awesome day, some glorious day, we will behold the face of Christ, our God in the flesh.  Don’t we all yearn for that day?

Some have already supposedly seen him.  The apostles for one, but also some in our century have also.  People who have had near death experiences often describe going into a dream like state where they enter heaven, talk with Jesus, see Gabriel the angel, etc.  Many Muslims who have come to Christ have done so by way of talking with Christ himself in their dreams (which is obviously not a near death experience, and an important distinction).

Well what I’m about to say I don’t put a ton of stock in, but find it very interesting, and truthful in a very big way.  Two young people, one a boy at age 3, and a girl who was around 7-8 years old, both almost died, and both witnessed seeing Jesus Christ.

The parents of the boy, Colton Burpo, were obsessed with finding images and portraits that Colton might find in the likeness of Christ.  But again and again, Colton would say no.  Until they come across a picture that the girl painted after she came back, of Jesus.  When Colton saw this painting, he said, “That is it!  That’s Jesus!” So we have the testimony of two very young children who have seen Jesus, and agree together as to what He looks like.  You want to see a picture of what Jesus may look like?  Here it is:

Surprise!  He’s not white, or has blue eyes!

Todd Burpo, his father, wrote a book, last year, about this whole experience, of his sons getting sick, seeing him through, and takes us on a journey through years of Colton recounting and telling the story of what he saw in his “three minutes” of heaven.

Matthew Patton of Parchment and Pen wrote a good critical review of this book.  In which he asks the question, “Are they lying?”  After all, this sort of stuff could get one very rich quick in the world of Christendom.   This is a good review of the book if you are interested.

And because I think everything that is worth believing in, is worth questioning, (I’m not saying I whole-heartedly believe this story) here is a good clip by David Platt on why we shouldn’t believe this story of “ascending to heaven and descending again to earth”, which as Platt will explain, is only attainable and was only attained by Jesus Christ.  The other “experiences” of heaven, were through visions, not by one who died and came back again.  I don’t we think we should declare this story true too quickly.  Instead, let this be a time when we search the scriptures to see what it says on this sort of matter.

Here is a short clip that explains who Jesus is;

If this has interested you, and you want to go deeper into who Jesus is, and what he said, maybe you can start here;

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32 thoughts on ““That is it! That’s Jesus!””

  1. I really like this! This is the closest thing to what I have imagined Him looking like, although I have never seen Him physically. I never felt comfortable with very fair-featured representations (they often seem to be a bit weak somehow). Interesting story.

    1. Polly interesting story…
      Jesus : The Robe by FMKOLBE on Amazon. ..a Jesus encounter in modern times. Wonderful book that brings tears to your eyes. The Robe in the painting is way to simular to the Robe explained in this book! The light that comes from His Robe is alive. A must read.

      1. Anyone notice that David Platt’s presentation on why NOT to believe these accounts of seeing Jesus references Proverbs 34? There is no Proverbs 34 that I can find.

      2. Jesus said there would be people who would
        discount His miracles and the distruction of the temple in 3 days.
        Jesus is the Temple in 3 days He rose..
        And He is alive and well.
        He knows our names.
        People who distort the word have some answering to do.
        The author of Jesus:The Robe by FM Kolbe tells quite a story about the King “alive and well”. This is sold ebook on Amazon.
        God bless you all.

    1. I saw the movie last night, got this feeling inside of me , is hard to explain. It was a beautiful movie. I do believe this little boy saw Jesus. There are to many people that still say thatJesus does not excist. People he does!!!!!!

  2. The image does capture the essence of Jesus in so many paintings we have seen. Some show Jesus with light colored hair, others with darker hair. Pontius Pilate was an eyewitness to Jesus’ appearance as they talked with one another. Pilate stated Jesus had long flowing hair, and was light colored.

    1. Pontius Pilate also said in his letter to Tiberius that when he soldier observed Jesus in crowds he took on different appearances, sometimes with golden hair and sometimes darker, etc. Just saying…

      1. That’s very interesting, where did you find this? Never heard of that one. So, Jesus as a kind of shape-shifter can we say? Hmmm.

  3. Does it realy matter what color he is or what kind of hair he hads,All that matter to me is that he Die for our sin’s,and if you Believe he die and was burie and 3 Day later rose from the Dead,You will she him for yourself,People it doe’nt realy Matter what color he is.

  4. I think His eyes will be THE most beautiful eyes we could ever see, beautiful, perfect, burning with love for us.

  5. In Jesus’ own words “A CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM” I believe in the FATHER,SON, & HOLY GHOST !! Our Faith & God’s Grace is sufficent!!! God Bless both our these children!!!

  6. I watched the movie this evening, and when I saw the painting of Jesus, the first thing that came to mind was, that’s Kenny Loggins. Can someone please tell me how a Mid-Eastern Jew from the first century has blue eyes? And what’s up with that 70’s hairdo?

  7. Jesus said to His disciples, ” Let the children come to me, do not hinder them, for the kindom of heaven is for those such as them (children)

    Of all other pictures i have seen potraying Jesus, this is the only painting that when i look at it, i feel the presence of God the Son.

  8. Just sayin’… the book, Heaven is for Real, is FAR better than the movie. Also, who are we to deny that it’s Jesus? We haven’t seen him, but two young children have. He DID have to ‘blend in’ when they fled to Egypt, right?

    1. The author of Jesus : The Robe by FMKOLBE
      saw Him .An Amazing story about a man who was called directly to Him. Wonderful happy tears story.
      We will see what he saw.
      sold on Amazon .

    1. Try this great book.
      Jesus : The Robe by FMKOLBE
      Sold on amazon .
      Wonderful story about a man who was in the
      presents of Jesus.
      Will bring tears to your eyes.
      True story.

  9. There is truth in the child’s story. His spirit did visit the Heavens and he was commissioned to return with his story to share. He would not have remembered it all perhaps, but he remembered what he was supposed to share in regard to his visit. I too have such a story. I haven’t profited in a monetary way by selling it, but I have profited from seeing the love of God enter the hearts of those I’ve told. I did not die, I accompanied my wife who was dying. I was awake, I was aware of the journey and I quickly began to say I’m not worthy to be here shortly after arrival. It was then that I was shown that my greatest sin was DOUBT. Doubt that I was as worthy as the others around me to be there, for in his presence we are truly one. I was shown how every prayer I had “ever” prayed had been answered in detail and that not one believer is less or more worthy than the other to be there. We are one in the sprit. When we accept God in our hearts, we are all worthy in his eyes for he rectified our sins by dying on the cross. It’s all true. My visit lasted two hours, the story takes two hours to tell. To doubt it is your greatest sin. God is love, an agape’ love richer and thicker in it’s physical state than you can even begin to imagine while here. In the snap of a finger, you too will know this is true. Time on this planet is but a nano fraction of a blink of the eye in terms of eternity. There is not time to be doubting the stories of others who are trying to get their “unconventional” message of God’s Love to you. Listen up, open up and let God in to your heart. By the way, I’m no better than the worst of you, so don’t get the idea that I may be trying to throw you a holier than thou sugar coated cupcake. God is Love and Heaven is real.

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