"Cross" reference by Jesus question
I'm sure this has been asked/answered before but was unable to find it in a brief search of this site so I am hoping a historian, scholar or anyone who has a comment might easily be able to help me with this.
In at least two passages that I'm aware of Jesus supposedly makes reference to cross bearing such as "take up thy cross" or as in the example below.
"And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple."
My questions are these:
1. Was this cross bearing idea commonly (or at all) used in language prior to Jesus's story being documented in the bible?
2. Was his death on a cross specifically predicted or prophesied in the Old Testament?
3. Did Jesus specifically ever say that his death would occur on a cross beforehand?
Thanks for any help and, again, sorry for probable the duplication of someone else's question! Also, if this is in the wrong section of the forum, please advise.
christianity probably the worlds first religion designed by committee (mirrored closely by the design of scientology)