The point of a priest, an intercessor in the ministry, is that he is serving you, and yet he himself is also weak, subject to all the same struggles that you have, therefore he can sympathize. It also says that no one takes this honor on himself...ordination to the ministry is both a lifelong burden and a lifelong honor and joy, it must be from the call of God, because when tough times hit, nothing else will keep one going in the ministry. And even though the role of pastor is closest to the OT office of priest, in a sense we are all now priests as we minister to others and one another in Jesus’ name.
Why is it that you as the people of God need priests? Both through Christ, through pastors, and through one another? Because we often make two mental mistakes: 1)To think that we are alone in our sins, that no one else struggles with the same things we do, and 2)that there is no hope for us, no forgiveness left. Both are untrue in the Gospel, and Christ our High Priest, pastors and even one Christian to another reminds us of that!
In Prayer Today:
Ask for the comfort of the High Priest who offered himself as a sacrifice on your behalf!