From the Bereshit Rabba (56:3):
“And Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering, and put it on his son Isaac” (Gen. 22:6) – like one bearing his own cross.”
The Bereshit Rabba is described in the Jewish Encyclopedia as:
Expository Midrash to the first book of the Pentateuch, assigned by tradition to the amora Hoshaiah, commonly Osha’yah, who flourished in the third century in Palestine. The Midrash forms a haggadic commentary on the whole of Genesis, in keeping with the character of the Midrashic exegesis demanded by that age.
Hoshaiah’s yeshibah, also, was for many years located at Sepphoris, where pupils crowded to hear his lectures. Johanan, one of his greatest disciples, declared that Hoshaiah in his generation was like R. Meïr in his: even his colleagues could not always grasp the profundity of his arguments (‘Er. 53a). And the esteem in which Hoshaiah was held by his pupils may be gaged by the statement that, even after Johanan had himself become a great scholar and a famous teacher and no longer needed Hoshaiah’s instruction, he continued visiting the master, who in the meantime had grown old and had removed his school to Cæsarea (Yer. Sanh. xi. 30b).
So according to Jewish tradition, c.200 years after Yeshua’s resurrection, the father of the Mishnah compared the akedah to one carrying his own cross.
Yeshua told his disciples (Luke 14:27):
And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
Yeshua himself carried his cross when he went to Calvary to be a sacrifice for the sins of the world.
As the Amora Hoshaiah recognised, Isaac figuratively bore his cross when he took the wood of the altar he would be sacrificed upon. We too can be like Isaac if we take up our cross daily and decide to follow Adon Yeshua as Moshiach.
And here is the good news: if we do so we are like Isaac the sons of the promise.
As Paul writes in Galatians 4:28:
Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise.
Jews and Gentiles alike can be children of promise together in the kingdom of Yeshua, who died on a wooden cross as an atonement for our sins, and was raised to eternal life.