The soldiers fix Jesus to his cross

The soldiers took Jesus and fixed him to a *cross. They fixed a notice above him. It said 'King of the Jews'.

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 15:21-28 (see Mark's Gospel in EasyEnglish)


The *Romans often killed robbers by fixing them to crosses. It was a very painful way to die. They made the man carry the cross to the place for killing. Golgotha was the place near Jerusalem where soldiers killed people on crosses. The hill may have looked like a head bone. Women of Jerusalem mixed *wine and *myrrh to make a medicine for the person who was on a cross. Then the pain would not be so bad. Roman soldiers could keep the clothes of the people they killed on crosses. Psalm 22:18 had said that this would happen. The *prophet Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 53:12 that Jesus would be included with people who broke God's laws. Cyrene was a place in North Africa. Simon may have been 'Black Simon' who later became a church leader in *Antioch (Acts 13:1). Paul tells us that Rufus and his mother later worked for God in Rome (Romans 16:13).

Questions to ask

V21   It seems that Simon's family all came to love God. Can you think of a reason for that?

V21   Why did the soldiers cause Simon to carry Jesus' cross?

V23   Why did Jesus refuse to drink the wine and myrrh?

V23   What difference did it make that he did not drink it?

V24   Why did the soldiers stay near the crosses?

V25   Why does Mark tell us the time that the soldiers fixed Jesus to his cross?

V26   What was special about the notice that they fixed on Jesus' cross?

V28   The things that happened that day caused *scripture to come true. Why does Mark tell us that?

Something to do

Simon must have told his family about Jesus. Can you tell people about Jesus? The things that people did to Jesus were not fair. What do you do when people are not fair to you?

The priests and leaders would not believe what Jesus said. The soldiers did cruel things to Jesus' body. Can you think which would have hurt Jesus most?

Words to explain

Antioch ~ a large important sea port 300 miles north of Jerusalem.

Cross ~ two pieces of wood that someone has fixed together. The Romans killed people by fixing them to a cross to die. Jesus died on a cross; the cross is now the mark of the church of Christ; to carry your cross means not to put yourself first but to put Jesus and other people first in your life.

Myrrh ~ an oil with a lovely smell.

Prophet ~ a person who told to other people what God wanted; someone who spoke for God a long time ago; someone who told about things before they happen.

Roman ~ a person from Rome. Rome was a powerful city; it had a strong army.

Scripture ~ another name for God's book, the book of God's holy words, the Bible; the Old Testament.

Wine ~ a drink which has alcohol in it; people make it from small, sweet fruit called grapes.