Russell E. Saltzman on a strident strength :
In Pauls eschatology, Christians living at the Lords return will be swept up in Christ and the dead in fact will be the first to participate in the grand trumpet-call summons to resurrection. Console one another, Paul laconically concludes, with these words.
I am trying, but what I hear isnt helping. I was told again a week ago at my fathers funeralIve heard this now in one version or another at four funerals within the last three years and, truly, I am weary of hearing itthat we all know where X is; he is in a better place.