Paul did not seek to comfort the bereaved with platitudes culled from the philosophers, as do many ministers at modern funerals. He did not mock their grief with verses from the poets, leaving them heavy of heart in empty habitations. He just reminded them that their dead had taken a short journey to a glorious land, and that their trip was to be a round trip! In terms of a calm finality that was rooted in an unimpeachable source, he told them that Jesus was coming back to reign over this earth and that, when He came, He would bring their dead back with Him!
How could folks who loved their departed relatives weep over the fact that these folks had gone to be with Christ, when they knew that those who had joined Christ there were coming back with Him to join their loved ones here?