I debated just how much commentary this passage needs. But its seems to me the reason for Easter is so we would have a way to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus – having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience. The reason we need to attend church? To stimulate one another to love and good deeds, and to encourage one another to not go on sinning willfully.
19 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
Christ or Judgment
26 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES.
Christ died for our sins. If we believe and accept what God has done through Christ, our hearts are sprinkled clean from an evil conscience. This should change us to love one another and to do good deeds and to avoid sin.
That’s the whole point of both Easter and church. Christ died that we might live. This will cause us to change. The church is to teach this, to teach us to love, to teach us to do good deeds, to encourage us.
Did you celebrate Easter by going to church? Does YOUR church remind you of these things? Does YOUR church encourage you?