shares Easter message
Good News Club hears good news
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
Are you really Jesus? and Do
you really hang by your hands? were two questions children
asked of Johnnie Lohrum as he explained his mission of carrying
the cross each Easter to a group gathered for Good News Club at
the Jac-Cen-Del School Tuesday afternoon.
No, Im not Jesus, definitely not, he replied to
them. Then he explained how and why he carries the cross dressed
as Jesus might have been, and then hangs on the cross
at his home just north of Osgood on US 421. No, I do not put
nails through my hands, he told them, and showed them how
he clasps his hands around gigantic spike nails to look like they
The children sat in awe as Lohrum told how he uses food coloring
and corn syrup to assimilate blood and uses other makeup techniques
to get the bruising effect that Christ had after he was beaten.
He showed them the crown of thorns he wears and explained
he made it himself from locust thorns. He cautioned them that the
pointed parts of the thorns have to be positioned upwards, otherwise
it would stick into his head and that would be too real.
Describing him as a missionary, Naomi Hibbard, the lady in charge
of teaching for the evening, asked Lohrum to share his story with
the children. He told them that he dresses the part and then carries
a wooden cross from the courthouse in Versailles to his home (about
a seven mile trek), each Good Friday. Then he hangs for about two
hours at his house on a cross he has constructed. At the bottom
of the cross are two wooden dice. What would I use these for?
he asked the captive audience. There was silence and he explained
the process of those who gambled or cast lots for Jesus
clothing on that day so long ago. He positions them so they reflect
the number seven, which he explained was a perfect number in the
Bible. Its just a reminder to me and to others about
what Christ did for us, he explained. The cross in his yard
was erected in 1993 and hes been walking about five years.
He was glad to report that the story doesnt end on Good Friday,
but on Easter, when Christ arose from the grave.
Lohrum explained to the group that he has an American flag attached
to the cross to honor our military troops. I have several
family members serving in the military, he told them. He also
has put wheels on the cross so it rolls easier and doesnt
wear off at the bottom. He says a lot of people stop him along the
route for pictures or to ask questions. He is glad to share the
good news of Good Friday, even if it looks grim.
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
Johnnie Lohrum of Osgood, is dressed as Jesus and told
the children at the Good News Club at the Jac-Cen-Del school
last week why he walks from the courthouse each Good Friday
and hangs on a cross at his home just north of Osgood on