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preparing  bodies  for  burial.  After  Christ’s  crucifixion  we  are  told  that  His  body  was

               prepared for burial and myrrh is especially mentioned.
                     I think it is significant in the description of this event found in the book of John that

               it repeatedly states that Christ’s body was taken away and prepared. The Bride is a remnant

               portion of the body of Christ, and, as is seen in the book of Esther, a preparation with oil of
               myrrh is an important part of her being made ready.

                       John 19:38-40

                       And after these things Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Yahshua, but a secret
                       one, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Yahshua;

                       and Pilate granted permission. He came therefore, and took away His body. And

                       Nicodemus came also, who had first come to Him by night; bringing a mixture of
                       myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds weight. And so they took the body of

                       Yahshua, and bound it in linen wrappings with the spices, as is the burial custom of
                       the Jews.

                     Myrrh, for the virgin bride candidates of the king, represented death as well. The one

               chosen to be the bride of the king was to live for the king’s pleasure. She was to respond to
               his  summons  with  quick  obedience. No  longer  was  her  life  her  own,  she  belonged  to

               another. Essentially, she was to die to her own life. In the same way the scriptures tell those
               betrothed to Christ that they are no longer their own, “For you have been bought with a

               price” (I Corinthians 6:20).

                     Death is the first step of preparation that those who would become the Bride of Christ
               must go through. Salvation is not an end. It is a beginning. Our salvation was purchased

               with the blood of Yahshua. The purchase price was exceedingly high, but it was paid. We
               are now no longer our own. We must die to our own desires, goals, and ambitions. Christ’s

               life must become our life, His will our will, His desires our desires.
                     This death process doesn’t come all at once, nor in a single moment of time. The

               flesh’s desire to seek after self is firmly entrenched in our being. It takes considerable time

               just to identify all of the ways in which we have sought our own welfare. Some forms of
               selfishness are very subtle. The scriptures teach us that even our righteousness, that which
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