Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death to Deeper Intimacy

Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death to Deeper Intimacy (Psalm 23:4) Look at this picture! Notice the sheep looking up at the Shepherd - that is the mother (the ewe) of the lamb he is carrying in his arms. I just heard about an interpretation of this image. I have seen two different depictions of Jesus carrying a sheep - one with it around his neck (see below) and one with it in his arms. I knew of an interpretation of the one around his neck (caring for a lost sheep so that through intimacy with him it would no longer stray) but I never thought about the difference between that image and the one pictured here. In this image, I am told, that it isn't the lamb that he was trying to save

 
 
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