Growing up I associated the word priest with Catholicism. I never understood the notoriety behind having this role. I basically allowed man to define what God had already defined. In Hebrews 3:1, Jesus is called the High Priest. Throughout other chapters in Hebrews, we begin to get a clearer idea of what it means for Christ to be the High Priest.
When you think about priests today you think of them as individuals who are appointed to receive your confessions, pray on your behalf, strive to live a sinless life, and offer sacrifices. The difference between accepting Christ as our High Priest rather than man is that he removed the middle man. With Christ as our High Priest we confess our sins to him, he prays for us as he sits on the right of the throne of God in the heavens, he is spotless so he does not have to strive for sin... it doesn’t exist, and lastly, he doesn’t have to offer up sacrifices because he is the ultimate sacrifice for all of humanity. This is what makes him High Priest.
Understanding this will liberate many people who live with a mindset that how well they honor man is greater than how well they honor God himself. It is a reminder of the direct access we have to God because of Jesus Christ. Spend some time today reading Hebrews 3,7, and 8. Feel free to look for the word priest or priesthood in your word and gain a clear understanding of how Jesus as High Priest is far different than what is attributed to priests here on this earth.