Church of St. John 7: The women are already directly related
to the resurrection event. Their request to prepare the corpse with the usual materials for the commemoration of the dead or for the journey into the afterlife shows Jesus the appropriate earthly reverence, 15:47-16:1.
The preparations of the women already point to the expected new creation. But what the women expect only for the future has already become reality.
Church of St. John 4: The Roman centurion is the first person
to put aside his contempt and to grant Jesus a relationship with the divine: a Son of God he calls him, 15:39. Now Mark points out to the reader that Jesus did not die as lonely as it seemed.
The women disciples participated in his suffering at a measured distance, 15:40-41.47. The women, as symbols of fruitfulness, point to new life, to Easter, just as the words of suffering pointed to the Passion.
Church of St. John 2: We already know from 15:33 that the sun
returns after the ninth hour. The God-forsakenness of Jesus from 15:34 is cancelled in 15:38: the temple, the earthly residence of God, indicates the mourning, the compassion of God.
Just as the Jew tears his garment as a sign of mourning, or at least visibly tears a piece of it, so, as a sign of divine mourning, there is a huge tear in the temple curtain, the earthly garment of God.
The grief is so great that the extremely precious fabric tears in full length and becomes worthless.
The Passion Tradition of the Church of St. John: Mark contrasted
the constant descent over many stations to the absolute earthly low with the Passion Tradition of the Christians of St. John with the ascent again.
The restoration of the earthly honor of Jesus, 15:38-47, is followed by the restoration of the supernatural glory of Jesus, 16,1-8. Just as Jesus sinks lower and lower in his descent and his tormentors are of lower and lower rank, the ascent runs in reverse order from the lower to the higher rank.
Church of St. James 2: In Gethsemane the disciples James, John and Peter,
the progenitors of the Jewish Christians, the Baptist Christians, and the Petrine Christians, are of no help to Jesus, 14:32-42. When Jesus is taken captive, all the disciples flee, 14:50.
The Jewish authorities also oppose Jesus, 14:53-65, and while Jesus confesses, Peter denies, 14:66-72. Jesus cannot be arrested until the disciples flee, he cannot be handed over to the Gentiles until Peter has also turned away.
To the physical suffering of Jesus comes the spiritual suffering, because no one makes the attempt to help him. Everyone only tries to save his own skin.