If the Tomb Is Empty

Why the Resurrection Means Anything Is Possible


By Joby Martin

With Charles Martin

Foreword by Tim Tebow

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A beloved pastor and a New York Times bestselling author examine scripture and share inspiring personal stories to help reveal the important role that Jesus’ resurrection plays in our everyday lives.

The Son of God was crucified, died and buried, and He lay in the tomb for three days—until He walked out shining like the sun. In a culture in which history is erased or rewritten at will, the existence of an empty tomb matters. Why?

Because if the tomb is empty—then anything is possible.

In his first book, Joby Martin, Lead Pastor of The Church of Eleven22, dives deep into scripture and traces the story of salvation by highlighting the seven mountains throughout scripture where God manifests himself. As he describes each encounter with God, Martin shows us how the interaction on each mountain laid the groundwork for the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary, and shows what God revealed about Himself in the process. He illuminates seven familiar passages, unveiling how God's plan for Christ's sacrifice is threaded throughout scripture, and shows why Christ's resurrection—impossible, unbelievable—means that nothing is too hard for our God. Ultimately, he asks readers, Do you live every day of your life as if the tomb is empty—or as though Jesus is still hanging on that cross?

Written with New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin, If the Tomb is Empty is an insightful and spiritually rich examination of what the miracle of Christ's resurrection means for all of us.


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A Note on the Text

Almost all direct Scripture quotes in this book come from the English Standard Version. In some cases I’ve simply paraphrased instead of quoting directly from a published translation; in these cases, the Scripture will be set in italics.

That I may know him and the power of his resurrection.



By Tim Tebow

Proverbs 11:14 says, “Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in an abundance of counselors there is victory” (NASB). Over the years, I have asked several pastors around the country to speak life into me and give me wise counsel as I consider important decisions. One of those men is Pastor Joby Martin from my hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. Thankfully, he looked past the fact that I’m a Gator and he’s a Bulldog fan, and he agreed. We tend to talk a lot about Jesus and a little about college football. We’ve grown so close since that time, and there are not many big decisions I make without first calling him to seek wisdom and discernment.

Pastor Joby has a gift for taking complicated sections of Scripture and breaking them down in a way that is authentic to God’s Word. He also continually helps me see how Scripture is even more applicable to my life and the lives of those around me. God uses Joby to help me understand His Word and speak to me through it. Not only that, but as I have spent time with him and his family, I have learned he is the real deal. He loves his wife, Gretchen, and he considers it one of the highest honors of his life to get to be the father of his children, JP and Reagan. Joby loves the Lord with everything he has, and he is so passionate about his calling to preach the Gospel with authority and clarity. Joby is one of the best communicators I know. Whether he delivers eye-opening insight, captivating life stories, or hilarious one-liners, or draws you in with his unapologetically southern accent, he tells the truth with great love.

Out of that love, he leads this movement called The Church of Eleven22. (The name probably has you wondering, and you can read more about that inside these pages.) By intently listening to and boldly answering God’s call on his life, Joby has been a vessel whom God has used to build a thriving ministry, which has helped thousands discover and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.

I’m so excited Joby accepted the mission to write If the Tomb Is Empty. What a powerful reminder that because of that truth, anything is possible. My hope as you read these pages is that you will understand how God meets us in our everyday lives—whether on the mountaintop or in the valley. No matter where your foot lands, He has already been there.

In my own life, I’ve found this to be true. I’ve known the highs of great success and the lows of dark valleys. I’m grateful for the successes God has blessed me with because they’ve given me a platform to give all the glory to Him. I’m also grateful for the lows in my life because they’ve given me a testimony to point to God’s faithfulness in the hard times. But one thing that is unchanged and not dependent upon my circumstances, emotions, successes, or failures is the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is with us and He is for us, always.

From the first page to the last, Joby walks you through the story of God’s amazing plan to redeem a bunch of rebels like us and bring us to Himself. Not only that, but by the time you reach the last chapter, you’ll know—maybe for the first time, maybe as a much-needed reminder—the unimaginable remedy to our brokenness, that God paid for our sin debt with the life of His Son. I’m so grateful the story doesn’t end at the cross, and that we don’t follow or strive to be like a dead prophet or moral teacher. Because three days later, God raised His Son Jesus to life, and today we worship the living Savior who takes away sin of the world!

The tomb is empty.

That is evidence that Jesus is who He says He is, that His Word is true, and that what might be impossible in your own ability is possible with and through Him.

If the Tomb Is Empty is a beautiful reminder of the empty-tomb, gospel-centered, Jesus-resurrected reality that for God so loved even me that He sent His only Son on a rescue mission to save me from my sin—and you from yours. Whether you have already given your life to Christ and have been walking with Him for a long time or you don’t even know what trusting Him as your Savior means, this message is for you.


So there I was…

(That’s how I start every good story.)

Standing on the Mount of Olives. The Garden of Gethsemane below me, my favorite place on the planet to pray. The tips of the ancient olive trees rising up above the walls. Directly in front of me stands the Golden (or Beautiful) Gate, sealed shut since the Crusaders lost the city a thousand years ago. Some silly religious folks think that the stone and mortar will keep Christ the King from entering the city upon His return. To my right, the Lions’ Gate. Some think Stephen was dragged through that gate and stoned in the valley below me. To my left spreads the City of David, an archaeological playland these days. In my mind, I imagine the rooftop upon which David spied Bathsheba. It’s easy to see as you walk around how power and this perspective could get a man in serious trouble. Below the garden, the brook Kidron snakes through the valley that, since the days of Josiah, has been the most famous burial site around. Tens upon tens of thousands of graves spread left to right as far as the eye can see, buried here beneath the towering shadow of Hezekiah’s eastern wall. And there, beyond the wall, sitting on the hill, rise the Temple Mount and the Old City of Jerusalem.

This is THE mountain of God.

The place where His name is written forever. Even the aerial view of the three valleys out of which the mountain rises looks like the twenty-second letter of the Hebrew alphabet (“shin”) that spells His name. This is the place where Abram broke bread with Melchizedek after the battle with the four kings and raised his hand in covenant with God Most High. And later in his life, this is the place where he bound his son Isaac, the son of his love, placed him on an altar, and raised a knife to kill him. This is where David danced as he brought the ark into Jerusalem, telling Michal, I will become even more undignified than this. Singing what we call Psalm 24: “Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of Hosts, he is the King of glory.”

This is the place where the plague stopped at the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, where Nathan told David, You are the man and David paid the penalty for his sin. This is where both good and bad kings ruled and Solomon built a temple unequaled in all human history. Where Hezekiah and Nehemiah rebuilt the walls, Josiah tore down the high places, and the conquering Babylonians led a nation into captivity, leaving this city in ruins.

And this is the place where Jesus showed up as a twelve-year-old boy and taught in the temple, saying, “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” This is where He walked, taught, healed, laughed, loved, drove out the tax gatherers, broke bread, and taught us to pray.

On this mountain, Jesus paraded in on a donkey while crowds shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Hosanna means “Lord, save us.” The us was priority to that crowd. This is the place where if those people fell silent, even the rocks would cry out. And it is here that Jesus wept. Because He knew what was coming.

On this mountain, Jesus’ blood vessels burst, His sweat turned to blood, and He took the first sip of the Father’s cup of wrath as one of His best friends betrayed Him with a kiss. Where self-righteous and jealous murderers arrested Him and paraded Him before a kangaroo court, where they struck Him in the face, plucked out His beard, beat Him with rods, and ripped chunks of flesh off His back and sides with a cat-o’-nine-tails. Here they drove a crown of thorns into His skull, the same type of tree from which the ark of the covenant was constructed, and then forced Him to carry a criminal’s cross outside the gate where they burn the trash.

Here on these Herodian stones, Jesus became unrecognizable as a man.

Just a few hundred yards from where I now stand, in what is today a busy bus station, they drove nails through His hands and feet and hung Him on a cross on a well-traveled road where people spat and laughed, and a soldier shoved a spear into His chest.

This is the spot where the blood and water flowed.

Here the Father forsook Him, here the veil tore in two—and the people of God were no longer separated from the presence of God. Here the sky turned black in midday, and here, Jesus, the sinless, righteous, spotless Son of God, who did not think equality with God something to be grasped but willingly humbled Himself and came on a rescue mission for a bunch of rebels like us, poured out His soul to the death. The Lamb of God who has come to take away the sin of the entire world. Clearing forever our debt ledger. Paying a price you and I could not pay in ten thousand lifetimes.

This is the mountain where Jesus died. Where He painted the mercy seat with His very own blood. Where His brokenhearted friends, who had watched Him heal the sick and raise the dead, pulled His limp, cold, naked, shredded, bloodless, lifeless body down, and some brave soul closed His eyes. This is where they carried Him to a borrowed tomb, and the soldiers sealed Him behind heavy stone. This is where His friends wept and knew sorrow unlike any they’d ever known.

I would imagine that those who followed Jesus were incredulous as they stared at His lifeless body on the cross. I’m convinced they asked, “God, have You completely lost control? Can’t You see what’s going on down here?” Little did they know this was His plan to save the entire world. This is why the writer of Hebrews says, He upholds all things by the Word of His power. And this is why Paul tells the Romans, For those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose (8:28).

On this mountain, the Son of God was killed, and those who witnessed His death took His body down and laid it to rest in a tomb. They thought that was the end. Forever. All hope lost. Because once you’re dead, you’re dead. Who can defeat death?

But the story doesn’t end there. Not by a long shot.

Because this is where, three days later, He rose from the dead and walked out shining like the sun. Tomb empty. The keys of death and hell hanging from His belt. On this mountain, the tomb is empty.

Which changes everything. For everyone who would believe it. Forever.

This is where they intended to prepare the body only to find the stone rolled away, His body gone, and an angel asking, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”

On this mountain, He alone did what no one else could. He bought us back. Redeemed us from the curse. And cut a new covenant based on better promises. This is the birthplace of hope.

Here, Mary screamed at the top of her lungs, I have seen the Lord! Here, Thomas believed. Here, to their great surprise, Jesus appeared when they were meeting behind locked doors, breathed on them the very ruach1 of God, and said, Receive Holy breath. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them.

This is where when they did not believe it was Him, He chastised them for their unbelief and hardness of heart. This is where He opened for them the Scriptures, explaining how everything that had been written before in the law, prophets, and psalms revealed Him, and how He alone is the perfect manifestation of that revelation.

And this is where He broke bread. Again.

This is where He appeared to over five hundred believers. In the very place where many saw Him crucified and dead. And somewhere not too far from where I now stand, He stepped onto the Father’s chariot and ascended to heaven—where He remains seated to this day.

Down there to my left, on the day of Pentecost, standing on the southern steps of the temple, Peter was used by God in a mighty way. He did not let his multiple past mistakes define him, but God used the very thing that got him in the most trouble—his mouth—and gave what might be the second-best sermon ever given. Second only to the one given on the Mount. And when he’d finished, the Spirit of God was poured out, fulfilling the Scriptures in Proverbs, Joel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Zechariah that promised, “I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh.” And on that day, here on this mountain, three thousand were added to the number.

This is that mountain.

And lastly, somewhere close to where I now stand, on a date known only by the Father, this mountain will split in two and Jesus will return as He left—to judge the quick and the dead. That’s you and me and all those who came before us.

The most significant history in the history of history occurred within a half mile of where I now stand. On this storied mountain. On this bloodstained hill. It is here that Jesus rendered an irrevocable, undeniable, and eternal defeat to satan. Here, in possibly the most illogical thing I’ve ever heard, the very Son of God gave you and me the right to become children of God. The Son of God became a man, that men and women could become sons and daughters of God. Transferring us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of the Son of God’s love, and in so doing, took from us the spirit of slavery and in its place gave us the Spirit of sonship, teaching us to speak one of the most beautiful words ever spoken by human lips—“Abba.”

Today, when you stand on Calvary, you’re literally standing in one of the busiest bus stops on planet earth, which offends all our artistic sentimentalism. But as you sit there among the noise and horns and fumes and heat, you think, This may be a good picture of the Crucifixion, because it was a grimy place with people coming and going. Nothing about the Crucifixion of Jesus was picturesque. It was dirty and gross, because that’s what sin is, and yet God the Father chose this mountain upon which to crush it.

In stark contrast, if you walk out of the bus station some sixty-five steps to your left, you’re in the most peaceful place you’ve ever been in your entire life: a garden where they once crushed grapes. Off to one side of the garden, cut into a rock wall, is an empty tomb. I know. I’ve been there. Why does this matter? Because the Son of God was dead when they put Him there, and three days later, He walked out. He rose again and walked out of that stone grave. Alive. And He was seen by over five hundred people over the course of forty days. And right this second, the Son of God lives. While this mountain holds the tomb, the tomb couldn’t hold Him. (In all honesty, we don’t know for sure if this was His tomb or not, but I tend to think it was.)

The reason any of what I’m about to say matters is because that tomb is empty. Paul said, I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection (Phil. 3:10). Why? What’s the big deal?

“If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain…And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins…If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:14, 17, 19–22)

The heart of Paul’s answer rests in this phrase: if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Think about the ramifications of that. Can anything be worse? Name one thing. You can’t. Now ask yourself the reverse: If Christ is alive, can anything be better?

You see that phrase made alive? Don’t miss it. He’s talking about us. The fact that Jesus walked out alive matters for everyone who would believe it. Forever. My question for you is this: If Christ is alive and the tomb is empty, what does this mean for you? Like, really? In total. What does the empty tomb mean for you? For me?

The answer tells a lot about you and what you believe. So, let me press you. This is a gut check. Do you live every day of your life as if the tomb is empty…or as though Jesus is still hanging on that cross?

Think before you answer.

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Let me bring it closer to home. Here are some questions we’re going to work through in these pages:

  1. Do you believe His promise to you?
  2. Who tells you who you are: you…or Jesus?
  3. Why are you still holding on to that idol?
  4. Do you really want to be blessed?
  5. How will you stand against the enemy?
  6. Do you want to be healed?
  7. What is finished?

If you believe that tomb on Calvary was empty, it should change how you answer these questions. Spoiler alert: the empty tomb changes everything, about everything, for everyone who would believe it.

In eternity past when God spoke, He made this mountain on which I now stand—Calvary. And for reasons only He knows, He said, “I already know what’s going to happen between this sea and this river, between this people and this people. But here, on this map dot of earth, I’m going to do a thing that’s never before been done and will never be done again. I’m going to drive an eternal stake in the ground and demonstrate, once and for all, the love of My Son, Jesus Christ.”

Calvary is the epicenter of the earth. All of life—past, present, future—revolves around this mountain.

This is the mountain of God. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and God’s Son, Jesus.

This mountain on which I’m standing is our destination. We’re coming back here. But to show why this mountain matters, we need to walk over six really important mountains in Scripture before we return here. Why? Because the events that occurred on those other mountains point to this one. They lay the groundwork and tell us the story of why this one matters.

So with that in mind, I want to start with Abraham and Isaac on Mount Moriah; then move to Moses and Mount Sinai; to Elijah on Mount Carmel; to Jesus on the Mount of Beatitudes; to Jesus tempted by satan on a very high mountain; to Peter, James, and John with Jesus, Moses, and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration; and finally return to the mountain where it all started, Calvary. I want to take a journey together up these seven storied mountains from the Scriptures. Specific mountains used by God for His purposes, because for some reason, God uses these mountains to manifest Himself.

Let’s pause and think about what a mountain looks like. It’s a high point, surrounded by shorter peaks and valleys. It’s a good picture of our lives. In between now and the day of Jesus’ return, you and I will stand on mountaintops, valleys, and countless hillsides in between. We will know unmatched joy and unrivaled sorrow. I can’t really tell you why. Only that we will. It seems like God demonstrates His glory on the mountaintop and His love and mercy in the valley. Maybe that’s why it’s only when we go up and down and up and down that we get a more complete picture of Him. We all love the peak, but the valley is usually not far behind. Plus, you can’t stay on the mountaintop. Nobody can. They’re small, and there’s no water. That’s in the valley. So are all the people. Funny how that works. And as much as we yearn for the mountaintop, truth is we spend most of our time either coming down, hiking up, or in the valley between.

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No matter where you find yourself—whether you’re a new believer, a seasoned servant of the faith, or maybe you don’t know what you are—join me. Walk with me through the events that occurred on these seven mountains, because each one leads right back to the rock beneath our feet and then our final destination, which is just up that hill—the cross of Jesus Christ and the empty tomb—and what it means for you and me.

Because…if the tomb is empty, anything is possible.

Pray with Me

Our good and gracious heavenly Father, I come to You humbly as Your servant yet boldly as Your son. I pray for every man, woman, and student who will take this journey from Mount Moriah to Mount Calvary. God, I lift up the one that has yet to trust You with their life and eternity. God, I pray that You will open their eyes to the deceitfulness of rebellion. I pray that the ache of the soul that this world cannot remedy would grow so acute that we would realize that You and You alone satisfy. God, I pray that You would soften the heart of the religious. I pray that we would be awakened to the reality that even our righteous activity is like filthy rags to You. God, would You mold us and shape us to always know that You are with us on the mountaintop and You are with us in the valley? God, I pray for the believer who will take this journey. Would You bless us not just with knowledge about You and Your works but a deeper knowledge of YOU? God, I pray that You will take fallible words and curious minds and do exceedingly more than any of us could ever hope or imagine. Lord, I pray that we would begin to see ourselves the way You see us: holy and blameless, sons and daughters, righteous and redeemed. God, I pray that this journey from mountain to mountain would lead us into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Emmanuel, I pray that just as You met Your people on these mountains, You would meet us in undeniable ways through these pages. I pray this in the good, strong name of Jesus Christ our King. Amen.


1 The Hebrew word ruach means “breath, wind, or spirit.” The Greek equivalent in the New Testament is pneuma.

Chapter 1

Mount Moriah—Do You Live as Though You Can Save Yourself?

Early in the summer of my fourteenth year, I began wrestling with some deep questions I couldn’t answer. Things weren’t awesome in my house, and given the uncertainty, I didn’t really know who I was. My parents weren’t getting along and the tension was thick. They loved me and my brother really well. They just didn’t know how to love each other. So, to fit in, I started drinking. One thing led to another and the police got involved. Shortly thereafter, a kid my age began bullying my little brother. When he didn’t quit, the rage I’d swallowed and tried to drown came out my fists. Again, the police got involved. To keep me from picking up trash on the side of a South Carolina highway in a county blue jumpsuit, my football coach, Bull Lee, stepped in and “suggested” the antidote to my wretched black-hearted ways was honest, hot, sweaty, and not-so-glamorous work. The powers that be agreed, and so I found myself a not-so-willing landscape artist at a Christian camp.

Having grown up in the South, I knew about Jesus and I knew the rules: we don’t drink, cuss, or chew or go with girls who do. I was good. I’d checked that box. I was a Christian. Born into it. Just like NASCAR and SEC football.

Mowing the grass led to attending the camp, and on the last night, after we’d sung “I Am a C” and “Friends Are Friends Forever,” many of the camp counselors dressed in sheets and, with almost unintelligible Southern accents, reenacted the death and resurrection of Jesus, ending with “Why do you seek the livin’ among the dead?”


  • "If the tomb is empty, then anything is possible…What if we really believed that? Joby Martin challenges us with this question in his first book and walks us through the scriptures to point us to the life changing truth of Jesus on the cross."—Matt Carter, Lead Pastor of Sagemont Church, Houston, TX, Author of The Long Walk Home
  • “Joby Martin gives powerful examples in his own life and throughout Scripture where God intervened in the lives of ordinary people like you and me. He points us to the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ and the Resurrection because it's the empty tomb that changes everything. With the same passion Joby preaches, his first book will inspire you. Every Christian should read it."—Phil Hopper, Lead Pastor of Abundant Life, Author of Defeating the Enemy and The Weapons of our Warfare
  • "There is no greater event, no greater story than the one Joby has based this book, his life, and ministry on--the empty tomb. When you finish, you will gain a paradigm shifting outlook on life."
     —Bryan Loritts, Author of The Dad Difference
  • "In If The Tomb is Empty Pastor Joby calls us into the life we were designed for. With his bold, unflinchingly biblical style he lays a path for the life we are meant to live into. A life of freedom and power. A life marked not just by blessing but rather the one who blesses. Page after page this book is about Jesus. What his resurrection purchased for you and the path into those things. Buy a couple of these and share with friends!" —Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor of The Village Church, President of Acts29
  • ​“Joby Martin has a penned a scripture-rich, no nonsense approach to the tenets of our faith. Don't wait, dive into this book and prayerfully discover the eternal joy that awaits those who would believe that the tomb is empty.”—Shane Everett, Shane & Shane
  • “In Joby Martin’s new release, he takes his outstanding skill as a world class Bible teacher and puts it into a book form! This brilliant book is like his teaching – thoroughly Biblical, extremely accessible, and very challenging.  Joby helps us discover those defining moments that can be life changing and eternity altering. If you desire to live a life with the same power that left the tomb empty, this book is for you!”—Dave Ferguson, Lead Pastor of Community Christian Church and author of B.L.E.S.S.: 5 Ways to Love Your Neighbor and Change the World
  • “The most important Jesus question is simply this: ‘Is the tomb really empty?’ Because if Jesus didn’t walk out of that tomb alive, the Bible and Christianity is nothing more than a morality story. But if he did, everything changes. Joby Martin shows us just how radical those changes can be as he walks us through the difference an empty tomb makes--not just in our religion, but in every area of our life."—Larry Osbourne, Pastor of North Coast Church and author of Lead Like a Shepherd
  • “No matter where you are on the journey—doubter, wanderer, seasoned believer—you need this powerful book. Joby Martin starts where you are and invites you to consider the claims and heart of the Gospel by tracing its threads throughout Scripture with fresh and profound insights. The message of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection is more relevant and needed today than ever before and can change everything about your life. Read this to deepen your own spiritual pilgrimage and to equip yourself to share God’s truth in more compelling and inspiring ways.”—Dr. Wess Stafford, President Emeritus, Compassion International and author of Too Small to Ignore and Just a Minute
  • “Joby Martin’s message in his first book, If the Tomb Is Empty, is compelling. I’ve been a leader in the church for a long time and yet it challenged me at a heart level about the power of the gospel to change lives and make the impossible possible.”—Dan Reiland, Executive Pastor, 12Stone Church, Author of Confident Leader
  • "When Joby preaches…I listen! Now, when Joby writes…I read it! So thrilled for the powerful message connected to Jesus that anything is possible. I’m a big Joby fan and you will be too after readying If the Tomb is Empty.”
     —Doug Fields, Speaker, Author, Pastor
  •  “Joby Martin’s message in his first book, If the Tomb Is Empty, is one that we all need to hear now more than ever: that the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ can change everything.”
     —Larry Moody, President of In the Game Ministries
  • “Illogical? Perhaps. Astounding? It can be nothing short of it. Inviting? Always. The declaration that Jesus traded places with us, in order to gift us the right to become children of God is quite literally history-altering news. The knowledge that He did not stay in the tomb, but rose triumphant with the keys to hell, death, and the grave in His hands still causes me to tremble. And yet, with freshness folded into story, my friend Joby reignites passion and pleasure in this message for any willing to journey with him in his first book—If the Tomb is Empty. You will not regret becoming newly or freshly acquainted with the greatest news you have ever heard.”—Léonce B. Crump Jr. Founder, Renovation Church; Author, Renovate: Changing Who You Are By Loving Where You Are
  • “In his first book, If the Tomb Is Empty, Joby Martin takes us through the scriptures from one mountain to another and ends at the mountain where the history and eternity of humanity changed forever: Calvary. Joby shows us how Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection are the most important events in human history and makes it personal by asking, do you live every day of your life as if the tomb is empty and that anything is possible?”—Clayton King, Teaching Pastor and Overseer, NewSpring Church; Founder, Crossroads Camps & Conferences; Author of Reborn & Stronger

On Sale
Feb 7, 2023
Page Count
272 pages

Joby Martin

About the Author

Joby Martin is the founder and lead pastor of The Church of Eleven22 in Jacksonville, Florida, a movement for all people to discover and deepen a relationship with Jesus Christ. In 2012, Joby and a team of leaders launched The Church of Eleven22 which has grown to multiple locations. The church serves nearly 15,000 people weekly and several more thousand through the live services at Eleven22 Online.  A retail, thrift ministry has been developed with two locations and Eleven22 has entered the Florida prison system with the Word of God. Joby is also a national speaker who has been invited to speak at Acts 29 conferences, multiple youth camps including FCA and YM360, as well as at Expo East and West, Sticky Team East and West, NINES and Velocity. He is also an active member of the Acts 29 church planting network and has preached internationally including Scotland, Africa, Jamaica, Brazil and Israel.

Charles Martin is a is a New York Times bestselling author of 15 novels, including his most recent, The Letter Keeper. He has also recently authored two nonfiction works, What If It’s True? and They Turned the World Upside Down. His work has been translated into 30+ languages.

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