People are often surprised when they discover that a series of significant and sometimes very bitter controversies have taken place over how to calculate the date of Easter. And as of [yet], the disagreement is still not fully resolved. —The Fight over the Date of Easter
Any people anywhere can figure out what day is the first day of the week. But even sophisticated calculations haven’t been able to nail down the exact date of Passover. If somebody’s going to celebrate an annual date of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, don’t you think they ought to get that date right? So we’ll just pretend that it’s such and such date? If the historical Jesus became man and if God recorded the facts so meticulously in Scripture, how come we can’t figure out the exact date of the crucifixion of our Lord?
Perhaps God never meant for us to have an annual celebration. Perhaps he wanted us to eat a weekly meal to remember our Lord’s death frequently.
This problem intensifies when religious folk declare Dec. 25 as the day of Jesus’ birth. “Oh, we know he probably wasn’t born on this day,” they say, “but we’re going to celebrate the fact of his birth on this date.”
Come again? We’re going to celebrate the truth of the incarnation on a fictitious and arbitrary date? Doesn’t anybody else see a problem here?
Once again, the simplicity of God’s plan has been complicated and frustrated by the ingenuity of man.