Becoming a disciple of Christ is not about trying to change our lives, but about realizing that Christ has already exchanged his life for ours through his death on the cross. A unique and probably the most important emphasis of Christianity says that Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross made it possible for him to exchange our broken relationship to God with his own relationship to God. Through this great exchange, our broken relationship to God has been reconciled and made whole. Christ Jesus died on our behalf, in our place, for our punishment, to reunite us to God, to exchange his life for ours. Becoming a disciple of Christ is a life-long process of accepting that Christ reconciled (reunited) us to God, to each other, and to God’s Creation. Because of Christ’s sacrificial death, we are no longer at odds with God (Rom 5:10). Our old life is gone; we now have a new life with God who put the world right with himself through his Son, the Messiah (2 Cor 5:18).