Isa.8:18 – Behold—here I stand, and the children whom the Lord Yahweh has given me are for signs and wonders in Israel, sent from the Lord Almighty, Commander of Angel Armies, who is enthroned on Mount Zion!
This is an amazing prophetic word!!! Like many other Old Testament words it has a two fold application. It was a word for something specific in Isaiah’s day as well as a word concerning Jesus and His ministry of signs and wonders. In this verse the victorious Christ is making a proclamation before all of creation. He is saying, “Look at Me and my redemptive work. These are my sons and daughters and their redeemed lives are my testimony”. This is what ministry is all about, redemption. This is what signs and wonders are all about; lives that had been devastated by sin washed, renewed, and made whole by the work of Jesus. He is making all things new starting with His sons and daughters. Here is how the Passion Notes describe this verse.
“This verse has a dual meaning. Historically, it refers to Isaiah and his sons: Shear-Jashub, “a remnant will return,” and Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz, “Quickly—to the Plunder! Hurry—to the Loot.” But there is another meaning to all this. In this verse, Isaiah becomes a type or picture of Christ, who would come to the earth (Immanuel). Hebrews 2:13 quotes this verse about the Lord Jesus Christ and his children. Christ and his disciples (children) will be for signs and wonders (miracles). The Zion-realm is more than just a place. It is the realm where God and his people walk together in fellowship. God wants to dwell in Zion with his consecrated ones.”
The church of Jesus Christ is filled with signs and wonders. Young men who had wasted their short lives with drinking and substance abuse forgiven and changed. Marriages and relationships mangled by compromise and shady behavior made whole and holy. Young women who were destroying their lives with destructive lifestyles set on a new path living for the glory of the Lord. These are the signs and wonders that Jesus is talking about. Paul the persecutor, Mary Magdalene – the woman of the night, Zaccheaus – the thieving tax man, and of course Peter – the fisherman from Galilee. These are the signs and wonders that changed a generation. Today, our stories are the signs and wonders that the Lord puts on display to change a world.