The role of High Priest is to be the liaison between God and Man. Often, there was a disconnect between the high priest and those for whom he bridged the gap. Being raised in a priestly household and serving in the temple since youth, gave a narrow perspective; and so often, the priests would not be responsive–nor would they relate to the needs of the people in their community.
The writer of Hebrews reminds us that Jesus was a high priest that understood the people he shepherded. He experienced every pain, trial and temptation his people faced. He understood the power of temptation and the chaos of the human experience. He endured pain, rejection and a spiritual onslaught of attacks from the enemy. Still, he came through that sinless and even more committed to people’s salvation and abundant life of purpose.
When we come to Christ, we do so knowing he is passionate about filling the gap between God and man. He is neither surprised by our unique circumstances; nor, do they cause him to walk away from us. He is an ardent advocate for us, and he wants nothing more than to restore the personal and eternal relationship between us and the Heavenly Father. He only asks us to trust him and follow him humbly and gratefully. As we do he will fill the gap between a holy God and a sinful community of folks like us. What a great high priest!
God Bless You
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.