“It was none other than Jesus Christ himself who suffered the scandalous, public death of a sinner in our stead. … The cross of Jesus Christ destroys all pride. We cannot find the cross of Jesus if we shrink from going to the place where it is to be found, namely, the public death of the sinner. … In confession we break through to the true fellowship of the cross of Jesus Christ, in confession we affirm and accept our cross. … What happened to us in baptism is bestowed upon anew in confession. … Confession is the renewal of the joy of baptism.”
Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Harper & Row, 1954), pp.114-115.