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Solid Rock Church Replaces 51 Foot Jesus Statue Burned By Lightning

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MONROE, Ohio -- A southern Ohio church has drawn a standing-room crowd for the dedication of a towering roadside Jesus statue that replaced one destroyed two years ago in a lightning fire.

Nicknamed "Hug Me Jesus," the lighted statue depicts a full-bodied Jesus who's standing with open arms. It looms over the adjacent lanes of Interstate 75.

The previous statue that was ruined by lightning in 2010 was known as "Touchdown Jesus" or "Big Butter Jesus" for its creamy color. It depicted a waist-up Jesus with arms uplifted.

Sculptor Tom Tsuchiya received a standing ovation from the crowd Sunday night.

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