Does Jesus need them to come between him and the people? Sounds like "religion" as we hear it criticized. The Apostle thinks and says otherwise. He says faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of Christ. How can they hear without a preacher? "How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, of them that bring glad tidings of good things."
For the sake of faith priests and pastors preach and forgive our sins. After Jesus rose from the dead he approached the Apostles and sent them to forgive and retain the sins of people. Can priests and pastors forgive sins?
Can priests and pastors forgive sins? A different question may be, why did Jesus choose men to do his work? Did he use these men to get between him and the people? Jesus is indeed looked up to as a spiritual leader even by non-Christians. Believers and non-believers alike admit that he started a Church and a religion.
Baptized believers say the Our Father where we pray to receive God's forgiveness as we forgive others. If we can forgive the sins of others, how much more those who are called by Christ to do this work for the sake of His Church, who received His Holy Spirit. Visibly it appears that regular men are getting between us and Christ or God. Rather, this is forgiveness, the gospel of peace, glad tidings of good things. This is the word of Christ for us to hear.