On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. (John 2:1-11)
The miracles Jesus performed were not meant to convince the disciples or the people of his authority. He knew they would come to understand him later, though many did believe in him because of his miracles. Jesus wanted them to know of the gifts of the spirit without persuading them or coercing them. Hidden within each miracle was usually a lesson far greater than a sign of dominion over material things. Jesus knew that this kind of mastery over the physical world was insignificant compared to the spiritual requirements of discipleship.
Within each miracle was the process of change, transformation. The physical mirrored the spiritual transformation. The need for eyes to see and ears to hear was for the disciple to see and hear according to an inner spiritual condition. At each miracle event there was usually another factor that Jesus called to the attention of those near him—sins were forgiven, glorification, wholeness, authority, the relationship of the sins of the mother and father, the status of every human being that stood before God—these things brought greater understanding that went beyond obedience to the old law.
We must understand that knowledge in the mind is sufficient to convert what is possible into reality, but we must also understand that consciousness at the soul level may transform reality at all levels of being—from spiritual levels to physical levels. Everything begins with the life energy and consciousness that is the fabric of the universe. This life energy and consciousness is without beginning or end.
The human mind finds it difficult to function outside of chronological time. Alpha—beginning—and Omega—end—are not descriptive of God or Christ. Beginning and end are contained within God; both are present and connected. These terms might be easier to understand if we were to say that the intention is contained within the result, or that what initiates cannot be separated from what becomes manifest, or that the creator cannot be separated from creation. As we have said before: everything is in a process of unfolding—returning to itself—then again finding expression. The state that exists, or the condition that exists, is a state of unlimited potential. The energy and consciousness that is the fabric of the universe, to illustrate potential, may be compared to water. Within the ocean there are streams of movement. The movement may be chaotic—churning or boiling—or the movement may be uniform like a series of waves. Chaos—waves, the turbulence at the intersection of waves moving in different directions—can all become manifest in an infinite variety of ways. The chaos, turbulence or waves are made of the same substance as the water and in all ways measurable and visible, and any part of the water retains properties of the whole body of water. Keep in mind that energy finds other forms—as if to say that the “water” of the universe, the energy—can be expressed as light, heat, etc. Yet all of these “categories” of energy retain properties of waves, particles, or a combination of forms, each within its own manifestation.
Within the infinite universe—more appropriately—within God, it does not seem so great a change to have water turn into wine. It does not seem so strange that the energy of a thought or idea—sin, for example— can manifest as a demon or disease. The laws of transformation are the same as both spiritual and natural laws; in fact, natural and spiritual laws are the means of change as required by laws of life and love that are known by all human beings. This knowledge of the laws of God—and do not confuse these laws with the laws of men—is “written” in the heart of human beings. Moses spoke well when he said to choose life. What is required is not across the sea or in the sky such that someone can go there, get it, and bring it back to humanity. What is required is written into the fabric of our being (Deuteronomy 30:11-14). Jesus, attuned to the laws of God, was able to transform people and things, the physical and the spiritual, as part of his own transformation. One aspect of this “process” is the ability to visualize the result. This is very different from wanting something and figuring out how to solve all the requirements to produce a material result. The “visualization” of spiritual conditions recognizes what is and what can be. As God told Moses, “I am that I am,” but also “I am what I will be” (Exodus 3:13-14). This transformative capacity is as much an observation of reality as it is an acceptance of reality. The building blocks of the universe at the most invisible levels— or if you prefer, the smallest points, the sub-atomic range of matter—join and separate, change qualities, fluctuate, vibrate, emanate according to the focus of consciousness. Everything is held by the heaven of the divine mind. This does not mean that it is fixed in place or that anything is pre-determined because it is held by the divine mind. Within this state of being, freedom and all laws pertaining to the condition of freedom also exist. If the human mind could comprehend what is smaller to the point of being invisible or dark, the human mind would comprehend the infinite space and energy that does not change the farther inward one travels. The human mind could not comprehend the infinite if it were to travel outward into the infinite space of the cosmos.
The message of Jesus, “repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand” (Matthew 4:17) is confusing to the materially-oriented mind. First, there is the confusion caused by associating repentance with obedience to human laws. Underneath true obedience is understanding. True understanding will not find human law sustainable spiritually or practically. Close examination of early attempts to codify divine law reveals this folly. The turning of one’s full being toward God—alignment with God’s purpose and being—is the first requirement. This is acceptance, not judgment or condemnation. This is love, not conditional favor. Divine law becomes manifest, fulfilled, within the person. Just as Jesus said, he came to fulfill the law. However misguided, the intention of human beings to follow God’s law through the process of codification was initially good. Later this codified law was manipulated and used to gain advantage and exploit others. But the law, when fulfilled—not just obeyed, but fulfilled—within the person, gave that person the ability to recognize the dominion of God and divine law. The presence of God, the presence of God’s authority and being, was not and is not a future event. These exist here and now and within human beings.
Though the record of the wedding at Cana contains an understanding of the potential that exists, we must also recognize that Jesus was only capable of turning water to wine, nothing more. He still would need to learn, and his exchange with Mary is evidence that his personal transformation was not complete. He called his mother “woman,” which indicated that they were not in a state of mutual understanding as to the requirements of the moment. The elements of synchronicity missing between Jesus and Mary were the same elements missing from almost all human relationships. The transformative understanding becomes more harmonious when the right relationships are established. Only in right relationship is everything fulfilled. In the moment, Mary conceded to Jesus, and in the moment, she expressed a greater understanding of acceptance by removing herself from the process; she let him find his way. Those around them saw the miracle, but Jesus and Mary were aware of the discord between themselves.
Examine carefully the life and actions of Mary as she traveled parallel to Jesus in those final years. We find another life of purpose fully supportive of his life of purpose. Much of what Jesus was able to accomplish was possible because of the presence and because of the spiritual work of Mary. Indeed, others contributed as well. Great as the miracles of Jesus were, it was the work of others around him that he held out to the disciples when he said they would do greater works. Jesus also recognized the spiritual work of those who served him and he explained the value of service, even to the “least” (Matthew 25:31-46).