A megachurch in southwest Ohio dedicated a new statue of Jesus on Sunday that replaces the iconic sculpture known as "Touchdown Jesus" that burned down after being struck by lightning in 2010.
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The Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio, celebrated the construction of the new "Lux Mundi" (The Light of the World) statue off Interstate 75 in a special service on Sunday evening.
"It's a big, big event for us.... it's been over 2 years, it's been a long process. But, we're very pleased with the final product. Peoples' reaction has been very positive for us. So it's a great day," wpco.com quoted church administrator Ron Carter as saying.
The new statue is designed by Japanese-American sculptor Tom Tsuchiya, who is with Design Dynamics, Inc. "Ultimately, I hope Lux Mundi will be a constant reminder for all of us to get along with each other," Tsuchiya was quoted as saying.
The Lux Mundi statue depicts a full body Jesus with arms outstretched walking on the lake in front of Solid Rock's sanctuary. Because it has its arms reaching forward, bearing a resemblance to the football referee's signal, and not towards the sky, some referred to it also as "Touchdown Jesus."
In 2010, a storm ripped through the area and a bolt of lightning struck the previous statue built in 2004. All that remained of "Touchdown Jesus" was a heavily damaged iron frame.
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SOURCE: Christian Post