In The Essence of Perfection, I write about the integral existence. There was a belief in Judaism before the time of Christ known as the “integral age” of the great Jewish Prophets—that those who lived a divine life were born and died on the same date. This belief was written in the Babylon Talmud. It states that the truest Jewish prophets were born and died during Passover, in the Jewish month of Nissan (March/April):
R. Yehoshua, says: In Nissan the world was created, and in the same month the patriarchs were born, and in Nissan they also died; Isaac was born on the Passover; on New Year’s Day Sarah, Rachel, and Hannah were visited, Joseph was released from prison, and the bondage of our fathers in Egypt ceased. In Nissan our ancestors were redeemed from Egypt, and in the same month we shall again be redeemed.
Clement of Alexander leads us to believe that some Christians in the 2nd Century were worshiping the birth and death of Jesus on the same day. According to the Bible, this would be Passover. But, some time after the 3rd Century, December 25 became the official day of Christmas. About the same time, Emperor Constantine was officially separating the Christian Church from the Jewish faith.
This included Constantine changing the day of Easter to the first Sunday after the spring equinox from the same day as Passover. He stated,
"... it appeared an unworthy thing that in the celebration of this most holy feast we should follow the practice of the Jews, who have impiously defiled their hands with enormous sin, and are, therefore, deservedly afflicted with blindness of soul ... Let us then have nothing in common with the detestable Jewish crowd; for we have received from our Saviour a different way."
Theodoret’s Ecclesiastical History records The Epistle of the Emperor Constantine, concerning the matters transacted at the Council, addressed to those Bishops who were not present:
"It was, in the first place, declared improper to follow the custom of the Jews in the celebration of this holy festival, because, their hands having been stained with crime, the minds of these wretched men are necessarily blinded. ... Let us, then, have nothing in common with the Jews, who are our adversaries. ... Let us ... studiously avoiding all contact with that evil way. ... For how can they entertain right views on any point who, after having compassed the death of the Lord, being out of their minds, are guided not by sound reason, but by an unrestrained passion, wherever their innate madness carries them. ... lest your pure minds should appear to share in the customs of a people so utterly depraved. ... Therefore, this irregularity must be corrected, in order that we may no more have any thing in common with those parricides and the murders of the Lord. ... no single point in common with the perjury of the Jews."
Not only did Constantine's laws change what day Easter would be celebrated, but they also lead to the beginning of Anti-Semitism. We most not forget that Jesus read the Torah and listened to the Oral Law, today written down as the Talmud from the word of GOD. Jesus, who well versed in scripture, knew what was said in the Talmud about the Jewish month of Nissan. He also knew this when he went to death on Passover. Passover was special to the Jews, and special to Jesus. This is because he was Jewish.
14 years ago I became interested in the date that Jesus was born. This led to several years of research, I quickly realized that there was no valid information that provided any real answers to this question. Since this website is getting some interest, I will post from time to time some of the information I learned during this quest.