Mark 15: Jesus Is Crucified

New Testament: Student Study guide, (2003), 51–52


The Atonement began in Gethsemane, and Mark 15 records its conclusion on the cross at Golgotha. Elder James E. Talmage, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, wrote that “death by crucifixion was at once the most lingering and most painful of all forms of execution. The victim lived in ever increasing torture, generally for many hours, sometimes for days. … The welcome relief of death came through the exhaustion caused by intense and unremitting pain” (Jesus the Christ, 655). In Doctrine and Covenants 19:16–19, Jesus spoke of the pain He felt in Gethsemane, which seems to have been greater and more intense than His suffering on the cross. As one of our hymns declares: “We may not know, we cannot tell, What pains he had to bear, But we believe it was for us He hung and suffered there” (“There Is a Green Hill Far Away,” Hymns, no. 194). Keep in mind, as you read this chapter, that “it was for [you] he hung and suffered there.”
Christ on the cross

Understanding the Scriptures

Mark 15

Pilate (vv. 1–15)The Roman governor in Jerusalem 
Marvelled (vv. 5, 44)Wondered 
That feast (v. 6)Passover 
Insurrection (v. 7)Rebellion against the government 
Content the people (v. 15)Satisfy the people 
Platted (v. 17)Twisted together, braided 
Compel (v. 21)Forced 
Wine mingled with myrrh (v. 23)A mixture that could numb the pain 
Parted his garments (v. 24)Divided up his clothes 
Casting lots upon them (v. 24)Playing games of chance to see who got them 
The superscription of his accusation (v. 26)What was written about the crime he was charged with 
Railed on him (v. 29)Mocked him 
Reviled (v. 32)Insulted 
Even (v. 42)Evening 
Sepulchre (v. 46)Tomb, place to bury the dead 
Hewn (v. 46)Cut 

Mark 15:34—“My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?”

These words are also found in the Messianic prophecy of Psalm 22:1. It was apparently necessary for the Father to withdraw from the Son to accomplish a complete and perfect atonement. Truly, Jesus “descended below all things” (D&C 88:6).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study Mark 15.

Activity A iconHe Knows and Understands

In Alma 7:11–13 we read that the Savior suffered as He did so He would know how to help people with all kinds of trials and suffering. From what happened in Mark 15, list at least three kinds of difficult experiences people have today that may be like those experiences Jesus suffered. For each experience you list, give the scripture reference showing Jesus also experienced it.