Jesus becomes alive again

Jesus becomes alive again.† An *angel gives a message to some women.

Marion Cooper

This study is one of a series of Studies in Mark's Gospel in EasyEnglish.

A word list at the end explains words with a *star by them.



Mark 16:1-8 (see Mark's Gospel in EasyEnglish)


The *Sabbath began at sunset on Friday and it finished at sunset on Saturday. *Jews did not work on the Sabbath. It was against their rules. The women went to buy special seeds and oils that have a good smell. People usually put those things on a body before they buried it. The women wanted to do that to the body of Jesus. There was not time to do it on Friday. So they went to do it on Sunday. They went as soon as there was enough light.

They saw that someone had already moved the big stone away from the hole. They went into the hole in the rock and they saw a young man. He was one of God's special messengers called angels. He knew that the women were looking for the body of Jesus. He told them that Jesus had become alive again. The man showed them where Jesusí body had been.

He told the women what to do next. He said that they must go to Jesus' *disciples and to Peter. The women must take a message to them. Jesus would meet them in *Galilee as he had promised them. Mark records this promise (Mark 14:28). Peter would be very happy when he heard that message. It would show that Jesus still loved Peter very much. Then the women ran away. They did not understand what had happened. They were very afraid. So they did not say anything to anyone.

Questions to ask

V1†††† Why did the women buy special seeds and oils?

V1†††† Why did the women wait until Saturday evening to buy the things?

V2†††† The women did not take the things at once to the place where people had buried Jesus. Why did they wait?

V3†††† Why did the women talk about the big stone?

V4†††† The stone was not in the hole. Someone or something had already moved the stone. What did they think when they saw that?

V5†††† Who was the young man who was inside the hole in the rock?

V5†††† Why was the young man in the hole in the rock?

V5†††† When the women saw the young man what did they think?

V6†††† The women saw that Jesus' body was not in the hole. Then what did they think?

V7†††† Why did the young man tell the women to speak to Peter?

V7†††† Why would Jesus meet his friends in Galilee?

V8†††† Why were the women afraid?

V8†††† The message was very important. Why did the women not tell the message?

Something to do

The women loved Jesus very much. They were very brave. They watched when Jesus was on the cross. They went into the hole where people had buried Jesus. But they were afraid to take the message from the young man. Why was that? What makes you afraid? What would you do for Jesus?

Words to explain

Angel ~ a servant of God. He brings messages from God to people on earth.

Disciple ~ a person who wants to do the same things as another person and learn from them; a person who does what Jesus taught.

Galilee ~ the north part of the country where Jesus lived and taught.

Jew ~ a person who is born from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their children; a person who has the faith of the Jews, called Judaism.

Sabbath ~ a day of rest in which the people should not work. In the Old Testament it was Saturday (from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday); day seven of the week for the Jews. It is a special day for the Jews, for doing what is pleasing to God.