Remember the very first so-called “miracle” of Jesus? He was attending a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and they ran out of wine. So at the insistence of his mother, Jesus asked the servants to fill six stone water jars with water, to the brim. He then told them to draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet, who then chewed out the bridegroom for saving the best wine till later in the evening (when presumably everyone had drunk so much they would not appreciate it!).
You can read the story for yourself in John 2:1-12. What we’d like to do here is take a deeper, more spiritual look at what this story tells us. First, let’s pick out some of the key words:
- third day = Divine Order (Mind/Idea/Expression)
- wedding = aligning or uniting the human self with the Divine self
- Cana = balanced spiritual energies
- Galilee = subconscious hang-ups of the past; ingrained life patterns
- Jesus’ mother, Mary = superior intuition; Divine love
- Six stone jars = 5 senses ruled by the unenlightened intellect; rigid belief in materiality
- Jews = conventional religious beliefs
- 20 – 30 (gallons of water) = 20 is duality; 30 s everything. 20-30 represents seeing duality and separation in everything
- ceremonial washing = established religious dogma
- water = vital energy
- master of banquet = Divine Will at the highest level of consciousness
- wine is gone = failure to acknowledge our Divinity
- bridegroom = potentialized Christ nature
- choice wine = spiritual vitality
- servants = base human emotions and thoughts
- glory = actualized Christ potential
- Capernaum = a place of centeredness and peace
So, with these concepts in mind, let’s summarize, from a spiritual perspective, what this story is saying about our own journey of divine growth. When we come from our highest, most elevated level of Consciousness (3rd day), we realize that in the midst of the world of appearance (Galilee), we can experience balanced spiritual energy (Cana). If we discover we are not living from the Truth of who we are (wine gone), we can, from a place of Divine love (Mary), call forth our Christ nature to take charge over our human, ego-centered nature (servants … “Do whatever he tells you.”)
We become aware of our rigid past beliefs, and by connecting with the Christ nature within us, we use the transformative power of divine energy to transform our five senses to our highest, most elevated level. We use our Divine Power of Will (master of the banquet) to choose the highest, most Divine thoughts, and become one with the pattern of perfection that is the Christ of us. No matter how steeped in materiality we may be (too much to drink), we can still elevate our thoughts to the highest levels of Truth (saved the best till now). When we claim our christ nature, we can live at our highest level of Consciousness (glory). After that, we are able to align our thinking and feeling natures (brothers and mother), and quicken all of our Divine Powers (disciples) so we live from a place of centeredness and peace (Capernaum).
Here are three key lessons from this story, that can help us live at our highest, most spiritual level of being in the midst of the world of appearance:
Be Aware: Know when the “wine is running out!” Learn to listen to your body, and realize when you are allowing your human ego to take over your spiritual nature. We all have signals that tell us we need to rekindle our spiritual self.
Be Bold: Jesus commanded the jars to be filled with water, then had the servants immediately draw some out to take to the master of the banquet. He did not doubt! He did not take a taste first himself, to be sure it worked. He stepped out on faith, believing and knowing. We can do the same. We are worthy and Divine, and according to Jesus’ own teachings, we can do what he did … and even more! But we must believe it, and step boldly out in faith, claiming the Truth of who we are.
Be Centered: Once Jesus completed this “sign which revealed his glory,” he went to Capernaum, which stands for centeredness and peace. As we get “prayed up” and make the time for a regular spiritual practice, we too can face anything the world of appearance throws at us from a place of centeredness and peace. Be still and know!
When we can face life and be aware, be bold, and be centered, we truly can walk the spiritual path on practical feet!About the Authors: Combine a flair for the dramatic, a deep understanding of metaphysics combined with the teachings of Jesus, and a zest for ministry, and you have defined the dynamic duo who are at the heart of The Metaphysical Website.Revs. Drs. Bil and Cher Holton are co-ministers of a growing church in Durham, NC, prolific authors, and dynamic speakers. Learn more by visiting them at www.TheMetaphysicalWebsite.com