“For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
Hebrews 2: 17-18
Priest: one who represents the people to God. Often assumed to be a “better” person, held on a pedestal, unapproachable, aloof. Only later do we find they too, are sinners, broken , fallible, sometimes cold, hard, and insensitive.
Scripture tells us that Jesus IS our High Priest. No assumptions here. As God, Jesus is perfectly Holy and Righteous, and able to represent His people to God the Father face to face.
However, the God / Man Jesus came to earth as a helpless human baby. Like us He lived and walked a human life. He endured hunger (Lk 4:2), tiredness (Mt 8:24), thirst (Jn 19:28), grief (Jn11:35), rejection (Jn 6:60), persecution (Mt 2:13), both mental and physical abuse (Jn 19:1-3),and temptation (Lk 4:1-13 & Heb 4:15) to become “like us in every way”, yet, without sin (Heb 4:15).
As our sinless High Priest, Jesus represents us before God, with tender love, care and understanding. As God, HE Knows exactly how to approach His Father as our representative. As one who has “been there”, HE Knows exactly what we need: Forgiveness, increased faith, healing, comfort, acceptance, understanding, boldness, insight and trust.
Trust in Him! and in the promises He has made: “It is finished!” (Jn 19:30). We have access to God directly through our Great High Priest, Jesus, who is EMMANUEL: God with us!