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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  • Lux Mundi In Construction

    The head and body of the new Jesus statue "Lux Mundi" meaning "light of the world" sits in the parking lot of Solid Rock Church before being assembled with the rest of the statue on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 in Monroe, Ohio. The statue is to replace another statue that was destroyed by lightning in 2010. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Amanda Davidson) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES

  • Artist of Lux Mundi

    Local artist Tom Tsuchiya, who sculpted the new Jesus statue "Lux Mundi" meaning "light of the world" stands beside the head of the sculpture before it is assembled on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 in Monroe, Ohio. The statue is to replace another statue that was destroyed by lightning in 2010. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Amanda Davidson) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES

  • Head Of Jesus Statue Hoisted By Crane

    The head of the new Jesus statue "Lux Mundi" meaning "light of the world" is hoisted by a crane at Solid Rock Church on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 in Monroe, Ohio. The statue is to replace another statue that was destroyed by lightning in 2010. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Amanda Davidson) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES

  • Finishing Touches On Jesus Statue

    Workers put the finishing touches on the new Jesus statue "Lux Mundi" meaning "light of the world" at Solid Rock Church, on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 in Monroe, Ohio. The statue is to replace another statue that was destroyed by lightning in 2010. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Amanda Davidson) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES

  • Prior Statue Hit By Lightning

    FILE - In this March 19, 2008 file photo, the "King of King's" statue of Jesus Christ stands outside of Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio. The six-story-tall statue of Jesus with his arms raised along a highway was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm Monday night, June 14, 2010 and burned to the ground, police said. (AP Photo/The Journal, Nick Graham)