A priest is a person who stands between God and man. At times he will speak to people on behalf of God, and at times he will speak to God on behalf of people. We call that latter part intercession. While the Bible teaches that all believers are “priests”, we often look to older brothers (pastors) who will help us on our way in life.
One of the problems with priests is their lack of longevity. Priests die. There may be a pastor in your life that you appreciate and look to from time to time, but that pastor is a simple human being just like you. One day he will be gone. Many of us looked to Pastor Chuck Smith for guidance, but a few years ago, Chuck passed away, and we can no longer lean on him. Some of you look to me for encouragement, but one day I too will be gone.
Jesus is a different kind of priest. Jesus is a forever priest. Even after He ascended to heaven, He never stopped being a priest. He is still at work praying for us. It’s good to have people in your life to help you along the way, but beloved, don’t neglect the One who will never leave you. Be sure your dependence is upon Him. He is always there for you. He’s praying for you.