For the son of man
Meaning himself, who was truly man, and the Messiah, and which was one of his names in the Old Testament:
from heaven, into this world, being sent by the Father, and with the full consent and good will of his own:
to seek and save that which was lost:
as all his elect were in Adam, and by their own actual transgressions; and are considered as such, whilst in a state of unregeneracy: and particularly the lost sheep of the house of Israel are meant, one of which Zacchaeus was; and so the words are a reason of Christ's looking him up, and calling him by his grace, and making a discovery of himself, and an application of salvation to him; see ( Matthew 18:11 ) .