Don’t need no Spotify or CataCombo

 So I heard about a coffin that you can buy that has a sound system built into it. It says it comes with an “upgradeable music server with 4G-connection prepared to tackle whatever afterlife throws at it.” It streams Spotify so that you can select whatever you want to play for the deceased. The casket’s price tag is a deadly $31,000.

What does the Bible say about “The CataCombo Sound System”? Well, to be honest, the CataCombo is never mentioned. Should we all go out and buy one? I mean, we like music… No, no, no. Hold your horses.

The Bible does not mention the CataCombo but that does not mean that it does not address it. Paul reminds us that we do not grieve as those without any hope (1 Thess. 4:13). Instead we can be sure that those in Christ that die will be with Christ in heaven (2 Cor. 4:14; 1 Thess. 4:14). In other words, we do not lay CataCombos in the ground where worm and rust destroy and thieves dig down and steal but we invest in treasures in heaven (Matt. 6:19-20).

Those in Christ don’t need no Spotify or CataCombo! They will enjoy “an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Cor. 4:17). Sadly those who know not Christ, who have not confessed Him as their Lord and Savior, will hear “Hells Bells” and it won’t be AC/DC coming through their CataCombo speakers.

I am presently listening to classical music, actually from The Lord of the Rings vol., and I am reminded of the almost transcendent aesthetic beauty of music.

So C.S. Lewis says,

“Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for these desires exists. A baby feels hunger; well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim; well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire; well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world” (Mere Christianity).

Thus the desire we have for a CatacCombo points us to the true and greater desire we have: to be restored to fellowship with God. Once we see God face to face we will understand that His glory, beauty, and wonder is “beyond all comparison.” That everything (even Bach and the coolest guitar solo) we once enjoyed was the faintest whisper of what awaited us before God’s throne.

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About Paul O'Brien

I am a lot of things; saint and sinner. I struggle and I strive. I am a husband and father of three. I have been in pastoral ministry for 9 years. I went to school at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary but most of my schooling has been at the School of Hard Knocks. I have worked various jobs, including pheasant farmer, toilet maker, construction worker, and I served in the military. My wife and I enjoy reading at coffee shops, taking walks, hanging out with friends and family, and watching our three kid's antics. :) View all posts by Paul O'Brien

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