When Jesus came, He came to deal with sin and not just the consequences of sin. Much of our human attempts to deal with the hurts, hang-ups, and heartbreaks that plague our society fall short of being effective or lasting for one simple reason ... the source of the brokenness of our world is due to the enemy of our soul, Satan, and his minions.
The job description of Satan is "he comes to steal, kill and destroy" that's his total agenda. What he can't steal, he will try to kill, what he can't kill he will attempt to destroy so that there is no hope of recovery. But Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8b) and not just that ... He came to that we may have "LIFE AND THAT MORE ABUNDANTLY."
There are many ministries given to us through medicine, counseling, and aftercare that have their place in bringing relief to the human condition, but all too often these things are not effective because they focus only on the behaviors rather than the root of the problems. Dealing with the destructive results of man's fallen estate is part of the redemptive plan of God.
Through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, there was made available restoration and reconciliation with God. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God to save, heal, and deliver mankind from sin and its effects. I say with the Apostle Paul, "I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek."
The Gospel does not reform, rehabilitate or resuscitate, according to 2 Corinthians 5:17, "...if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation (one that never existed before) old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new."
Trying to deal with my old behavior and sinful nature is like trying to resuscitate a corpse. The good news of Jesus Christ is that when He died on the cross; we died with him, and the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead raised us also from our spiritual death, unto newness of life.
Human attempts to modify human behavior really start with some kind of external code, force or punishment to bring reformation. The Apostle Paul was not merely reformed with the encounter on the Damascus Road. Saul became Paul when he was converted, changed from the inside out and became a brand new man, transformed by the work of the Holy Spirit.
I hurt for those struggling with addictions, but Jesus did more than identify with their pain, He took their sin and sorrows upon Himself on the cross, so we could be healed, cleansed, and free from the bondage of our past. The biggest problem with religion is its attempt to restore or rehabilitate with the rubble of the past. To simply impose certain behavior demands upon an evil or broken heart is not possible, we need a new heart.
Only Jesus can create a clean heart and restore a right spirit within a man or woman. The scriptures declare, "whom the Son sets free is free indeed" and you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. Jesus is the way the truth and the life and no man can come to the Father except through Him. The good news of the Gospel is that all the striving, trying harder and "working on it" methodology is wasted energy. Jesus has won the victory and freedom from our sinful past. Our bondage, brokenness, and blindness have been healed and delivered by the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus has taken yours and my sin and its root in our old nature and made us more than conquerors through His mighty power. Sin has no dominion over you and I because we are not under the law - that external code - but under grace. The law makes demands which we cannot conform to, no matter how hard we try.
Grace enables us to do what in our old nature we could never do. In 2 Peter 1:2,3, it says "according to His divine power, we are given all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of our Lord, who has called us to glory and virtue. And on top of all that; we are given exceeding great and precious promises so that by these we might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through fleshly desires."
The gospel is all about freedom, old things are gone, a new life emerges, transformed by the Spirit of the Lord.