In Jesus’ day, death on a cross was cruel and brutal—the worst way to die. No one would have worn a cross as a piece of jewelry anymore than we would consider wearing a tiny emblem of a coffin around our neck!
More than two thousand years before Christ’s death on a cross, Abraham was circumcised; it was an external sign of his covenant with God. Did Abraham know it foreshadowed the work of the Cross? I think he did. Because some 400 years later, the Old Testament writers called it a “circumcision of the heart (Deut. 10:16; Romans 2:29). They knew the covenant with God was entered by death—that’s what the sacrificial ceremonies were all about. But on some level, they also knew that it meant death to the treasures of one’s heart.
How many people who call themselves Christians wear the cross on the outside but have never known what it is to have a new heart and a new spirit (Ez. 36:26)because of Jesus’ death and resurrection (Romans 6:4,6,11): the New Covenant? Jesus bore the Cross. Now we wear a Cross. Today is Good Friday. Why is it “good?” Because… if Jesus had not been bearing the Cross, we couldn’t be wearing one.