I just heard someone quote...I think it was St. Gregory of Nyssa...and he said what you just said, Bogo. Do you want to know if this is true? Try to pray. Try to fulfill the commandments of Christ. See if you don't come up against the struggle Christ mentioned. Subjective? Yes, but anectdotal and subjective things have their place, too.
As for me...
The concrete, historical reality that there was a flesh-and-blood man who really lived in a specific place at a specific time, and whose death can be verified by independent historical documents (the Roman annals) is absolutely wonderful, imo. The fact that his followers' deaths can be similarly verified is telling, as well, for it points to the fact that something
happened in the three days following their Master's execution.
Nevertheless, only a few decades following this life-changing event in the apostles' lives, we have St. Peter telling folks to be patient and continue to wait for the second coming, even though everything continues on as it has since the beginning of time. Imagine if they knew then that 2,000 years later we'd still be waiting for Him! I wonder how many would just throw in the towel at that point. I wonder...if Christ didn't come for another
2,000 years, how many of us
would still be around?
The physical incarnation of the Logos (along with all the other things you mentioned above, Bogo) and the historical verifiability of said events don't so much stand (imo) as a sort of "divine checklist" that we're going to be quizzed on "when we all get to heaven" as it does as a sort of "safety net" for honest-to-goodness doubting Thomases like me who need to know that, when we pray that we "believe...and confess...that this truly is [His] immaculate body and that this truly is [His] most precious blood," that there actually is real, physical blood to be made present here, even if it is mystically there in the form of bread and wine. There needs to be something concrete and physical, made of matter, that that Eucharist is based on. I need to know that my Savior really is -- flesh and blood and all! -- seated with my
humanity at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven right now. I need to know that, if He really had humanity, then my physical body can be infused with divine life, as well. Like the Theotokos, I can hold divine fire and not be burned.
All this is contingent -- even if its not all yet realized -- on Christ really being physically, temporally, tangibly incarnate for our sake. He is the firstfruits of what will be; the rest of Creation still groans (albeit imperceptibly) because it knows what it will be, yet knows it is not yet as it will be. The same is true of us, in a way, even though we know not yet what we will be, though one day we -- together with a transfigured Creation -- will see Him as He is, for we shall -- finally! -- be like Him.
And none of this would be possible if He were not truly with us as a God-Man.
Forgive the sermon. This topic just never ceases to enthrall me.