What a boundless, fathomless ocean!

(by Octavius Winslow)

Eternal love moved the heart of Jesus to
relinquish heaven for earth; a diadem for
a cross; the robe of divine majesty for
the garment of our nature; taking upon
Himself the leprosy of our sin.

Oh the infinite love of Christ!

What a boundless, fathomless ocean!

Ask the 'ransomed of the Lord', whose
chains He has dissolved, whose dungeon
He has opened, whose liberty He has
conferred, if there ever was love like His!

What shall we say of the ransom price?
It was the riches, the costliest, that Heaven
could give. "He gave Himself for us!"
What more could He do?
He gave Himself; body, soul and spirit.
He gave His time, His labor, His blood,
His life, His ALL, as the price for our
ransom, the cost of our redemption.

He carried the wood and reared the altar.
Then, bearing His bosom to the stroke of
the uplifted and descending arm of the
Father, paid the price of our salvation in
the warm lifeblood of His heart!

What a boundless, fathomless ocean!

How is it that we feel the force and exemplify
the practical influence of this amazing, all
commanding truth so faintly?

Oh, the desperate depravity of our nature!
Oh, the deep iniquity of our iniquitous hearts!

Will not the blood drops of Jesus move us?

Will not the agonies of the cross influence us?

Will not His dying love constrain
us to a more heavenly life?