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 Thousands of car travel along Highway 11 in Kinston everyday, yet most of them don't notice some unique looking vines growing on a power pole.

"It's very interesting. It does look like Christ on the cross, and even with the crown of thorns on his head," said Rick Vernon, a retired pastor.

 Vernon admits he's even gone by without noticing it, but does say it could carry a spiritual message for some.

 "Especially for Christians that it reminds them, just the shape of it, and the way that it looks, of what Jesus Christ did for them on the cross Calvary," he said.

As the vines grow, so too does the meaning it has for some people like Ryan Vernon, pastor at 902 Church in Kinston.

"Jesus says he is the vine and we are the branches, so I think this is significant because it speaks to who Christ truly is," he said.

Even some people who live in Kinston can't deny the resemblance.

"It just reminds me of like when I desire to do bad, you know the more that I look at things like that, it opens up my eyes a little bit more to see that, look, Jesus is so soon to come, so it's time for people to get themselves together and get their lives right," said Jonathan Robinson.

 Regardless of whether you see Jesus on the cross or not, the vines certainly are an interesting conversation starter.

 "Christ is alive and active in our time and day," said Vernon. "Right now, he is alive and is active in this community, he's doing amazing things in Kinston, North Carolina."

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