Mark 16: "He Is Not Here"

New Testament: Student Study guide, (2003), 52

Mark 15:40–41 tells of a special group of women who were devoted followers of Jesus. It must have been very difficult for them to watch someone they had come to reverence and love suffer so, especially when we do not know how much they understood about the Resurrection. Although Jesus had spoken about resurrection to His followers, they did not seem to have understood (see Mark 9:31–32). Because of their devotion, these women stayed at the cross until Jesus died, and they followed to see where He was buried (see Mark 15:47). They could not do anything for Jesus’ body or His tomb on the Sabbath, but they went there at the earliest moment the day following the Sabbath. As you read Mark 16, try to imagine what they may have thought and felt.

Understanding the Scriptures

Mark 16

Residue (v. 13)The others 
Meat (v. 14)A meal 
Upbraided (v. 14)Scolded 
Damned (v. 16)Stopped from progressing 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you study Mark 16.

Activity A iconWhat Would You Have Said?

Imagine that you saw and did what those faithful women saw and did, as written of in Mark 15:40–41, 47; 16:1–11. Write what you would say to a friend who doubted Jesus Christ’s Resurrection. Explain to this friend how you felt and why you acted as you did over those three days.

Activity B iconGive Examples

  1. 1.

    Read Mark 16:14–18. When Jesus appeared to His disciples, what did He tell them to do? What did He promise them?

  2. Christ sending out the Twelve

  3. 2.

    Write about at least one example in our day of the fulfillment of the signs Jesus promised. If you do not know of any, speak with your parents, your local Church leaders, or a returned missionary.

  4. men ordaining a youth

    father teaching his family