Lightning in Ohio strikes and burns touchdown Jesus statue

It is not a joke; it really happened. A 62-foot tall statue of Jesus was struck by lightning and burned to the ground Monday night during a storm. All that remains is the charred frame. The statue, known as “Touchdown Jesus” by locals because of its outstretched arms, has been a landmark in Monroe, Ohio since it was erected in 2004. The statue was made of plastic foam and fiberglass.

Touchdown Jesus

The Solid Rock Church reportedly spent $250,000 for the statue in 2004. Touchdown Jesus, aka Big Butter Jesus, has been a visible icon to people traveling along I-75 for years. At this time, it is believed the church plans to rebuild it. It seems the statue is picking up some new aliases, including “Terminator Jesus” after Monday night’s events.

The natural destruction of the Jesus statue has a lot of people talking about it being a sign from God that the end is near. The term “Big Butter” appears to have stemmed from comments that the statue looked as though it had been carved out of butter. Some folks are having a field day with the incident, finding all sorts of ways to poke fun at “Big Butter” Jesus. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident, other than Touchdown Jesus.


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