There is never a time when a priest isn't the icon of Christ.
There's an ancient idea of the firstborn son's right to be "first among brothers" and carry family headship. It's called, in theological terms, the "Law of Primogeniture." He would therefore also become the high priest of the family. Men and women who are baptized in Christ enter into a new family--the family of Christ, with Christ himself as their head, their Priest. In Christ, this law of primogeniture eliminates all divisions of race, sex, class, or nationality. We become truly one in Christ, and our role as victim is replaced with our new role in the family of God. We are made "new creations." (II Cor. 5:17)
In the church, the priest puts off himself, and serves the family of God in the role and strength of Christ. They act as priests for the whole world in their representation of our Savior. They wear vestments to obscure the man and create the timeless, universal image of Christ himself--your brother and High Priest. Listen to learn more at www.QCAradio.com.