Who is Jesus, Prince of Peace?
From images of baby Jesus to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, child prodigy artist Akiane Kramarik shares her visions of Jesus her Lord
The prophet Isaiah foretold the coming of Jesus of Nazareth with these words from Isaiah 9:6:
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Jesus Pictures by Akiane Kramarik seen in Chronicle Order beginning at birth.
In this painting titled “Mother’s Love,” Akiane Kramarik depicts Mary the mother of Jesus of Nazareth holding baby Jesus swaddled in her arms. In this painting, Akiane interprets her visions of baby Jesus and his Mother Mary as if they were one.
Here, Akiane tells us Mother Mary is the symbol of love, warmth, affection, tenderness and devotion. This allegory is about Mary, mother of Jesus embracing Jesus of Nazareth three times. First as a baby Jesus, then at the crucifixion of Jesus, and once again after his resurrection, which is portrayed in Akiane’s “Prince of Peace” masterpiece depicting the resurrection painting of Jesus. You can learn more about this painting in the “Mother’s Love” greeting cards and in the book Akiane Biography: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry.
Throughout the New Testaments are many stories of Jesus of Nazareth withdrawing from the crowd or his disciples to be with God – he leaves to pray by himself, often in the wee hours, often he goes alone. (This example from Mark 1:35: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”) In Akiane’s painting, “On My Knees,” one can begin to imagine the prayerful way of life that Jesus may have learned from his earthly parents and his Heavenly Father.
Very little is known about Jesus of Nazareth during his teens except for a glimpse found in Luke 2 where we find Jesus “being about his father’s business” at the temple. Luke later tells us “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.”
Referring to her painting “Jesus, the Missing Years,” Akiane says this about Jesus: “At 14, during one of his meditations, Jesus is talking with his Father in heaven about the new earth, where only joy and peace would reign. In the background, the galactic hand is reaching out for love and truth.”
In Akiane’s painting “Dreams” we see a joyful Jesus of Nazareth communing with His heavenly Father. Perhaps this is a glimpse of the interior prayer Jesus developed – and counted on – to inform and strengthen him in the years to come.
Simply titled “I Am” this image of Jesus is the the fifth in the chronological series of Akiane’s Jesus paintings. Completed during a family tour of Europe at age 17, Akiane depicts Jesus of Nazareth in His mid 20s, prior to entering His ministry. Here, we catch a glimpse of Jesus contemplating His life on earth, who He is, and what He has been sent to accomplish. And perhaps He is contemplating all the vulnerabilities of being Jesus the son of man and Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of God.
Many can sense Jesus’ love and compassion when exploring this painting – and others say they now understand Hebrews 2:18, “For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.”
Many ask, how old was Jesus when he died? Most believe that Jesus’ crucifixion took place when his was 33 years old. “The Garden of Gethsemane,” Jesus crucifixion painting, is considered one on Akiane’s most famous images of Jesus Christ. She tell us He is in the Garden of Gethsemane, lifting up the world to His heavenly Father and praying “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.” In the poem “Anthills to Ashes” written by Akiane to accompany this painting, we read in part: “When life lies down on the song of a bird - The resurrection returns my name - And I break the brakes of senses To taste the steady pain - My cross is nailed into me - I pity the fingers that scourge my face - The minutes hurry the hours - The hours hurry the days. View the "Father Forgive Them" Painting Here!
“Prince of Peace,” Akiane’s resurrection painting of Jesus is truly an anointed gift from God. The following words from Akiane’s poem “Prince of Peace,” were written to accompany this masterpiece, her most famous image of Jesus.
“… That night the rain was running after me. Each drop of rain showed God’s face - His face was everywhere…”
Two of life’s biggest questions – Is God real? Who is Jesus of Nazareth? – were answered for Akiane when she was only 4 years old!
Her story has encouraged others to follow Jesus – first her immediate family, then countless others around the globe. Akiane says, “If I have a gift from God, it is for one reason and one reason only, to help others and to draw people’s attention to God.”
For many, the questions “Is God real” and “Who is Jesus?” have been confirmed through the miracle of Akiane’s images of Jesus, including baby Jesus, Mary mother of Jesus, and her masterful resurrection painting of Jesus of Nazareth.