lay down (one's) life

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lay down (one's) life

To sacrifice one's life (for someone or something); to die (for a purpose). Our soldiers are out there laying down their lives for our freedom, and we should show our support. To lay down one's life to save a stranger is the ultimate sacrifice.
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lay down one's life (for someone or something)

Fig. to sacrifice one's life for someone or something. Would you lay down your life for your country? There aren't many things for which I'd lay down my life.
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lay down your ˈlife (for somebody/something)

(literary) die for your country, a cause etc: Thousands of young men laid down their lives in the war so that we could live in freedom.
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He introduces Himself as the good shepherd who knows His sheep and whose sheep know him, cares for them and lays down his life for them.
God's personal intervention to take care of the sheep finds fulfillment in Jesus who declares, "I am the good shepherd." He shows this in two ways: He knows His sheep and He lays down His life for the sheep.
IN John Chapter 10, Jesus refers to himself as the good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep - unlike the hired-hand.
It was in this discourse that Jesus laid out his death: "The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep ...
A First Communion class made a carpet of a gingerbread man with the message, "My Sweet Jesus," and one with the biblical quote, "The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep."
Righteous reverends who will sit back and say `This is God's punishment for gay Teletubbies' or the gay rugby player who lays down his life to save others?"
'A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.' Such commitment cannot be expected of someone who is not a shepherd (who has a personal relationship with the sheep), whose sheep are not his own (they do not relate with him either), because he is only a hireling (one who does the shepherding for money).
As the story goes, we have a God who creates the world out of love, sends the Son out of love, who lays down his life out of love, and promises us the Spirit for eternity, out of love.
IN JOHN Chapter 10, Jesus refers to himself as the good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep because they belong to him, unlike the hired hand who, when he sees the wolf coming, abandons the sheep.
IN JOHN, Chapter 10, Jesus refers to himself as the good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep because they belong to him, unlike the hired hand who, when he sees the wolf coming, abandons the sheep.
This is part of the last discourse given by Jesus to his disciples before He lays down His life. It is a quote that is brought to mind on Remembrance Day.