At the Cross (Love Ran Red)

Album: Love Ran Red (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • The title track of Love Ran Red, the song evokes a vivid picture of the cross. Chris Tomlin penned the tune with Jonas Myrin, who is a worship leader at Hillsong Church London, British worship singer-songwriter Matt Redman and Nashville songwriter and producer Matt Armstrong. It was helmed by Tomlin's regular producer, Ed Cash.
  • This song acts as the anchor for Tomlin's Love Ran Red, project. "This song is the centerpiece of the album," he told Billboard magazine. "When we were writing the song, it was the line, 'Where your love ran red and my sin washed white' -- it just knocked me out. It was such a simple way of sharing the Gospel. It's such a beautiful word picture of what Jesus has done for us. I feel like you can really see it."

    "I've heard it said that songwriting is like a photographer taking a picture of a mountain," Tomlin added. "It's the same mountain that everybody's looking at and taking a picture of, but the great photographers can take pictures of that mountain in a way that you've never seen it before. Songwriting is the same way…Sometimes it can be said in a way that you see things in a new way. That's what I feel this line is, 'where your love ran red and my sin washed white. I owe all to you.' Matt Armstrong wrote on 'At the Cross' and it was his lyric. It was the catalyst for that song. It's just a powerful way of seeing the grace of God in a fresh way. I thought it was such a beautiful title for an album."

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