The uniqueness of our Lord Jesus Christ is indicated early in His life when, at the age of twelve, He speaks these wonderful words, ‘Didn’t you know I had to be in My Father’s house?’ (Luke 2:49). Hearing these words, we catch a glimpse of Jesus’ unique relationship with God the Father. From there, we look back and notice earlier indications of the unique place held by Jesus in God’s plan of salvation - the divine protection of the child and the divine victory over the child’s enemies (Matthew 2:13,20). When Jesus sets out on His public ministry, it becomes clear why His life was preserved. Jesus is a special Person - ‘This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased’ (Matthew 3:17). He has a special purpose - He is ‘the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world’ (John 1:29).